English as an international lingua franca; language standards; codification; Nativised English, ‘New’ Englishes, Asian Englishes; post-colonialism; language ideology, ownership and identity; the history of English; pidgin and creole languages; the future of World Englishes




  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the major historical, linguistic, economic, educational, sociopolitical developments in the spread of English as a world language
  2. Critically examine the current debates in the rise of World Englishes especially in the context of postcolonialism in Africa, South and Southeast Asia
  3. Actively engage in classroom activities and tutorials by studying key readings and drawing on individual experiences to address the particular topic in hand
  4. Demonstrate the ability to carry out investigative study of topics regarding Global Englishes and critically assess the materials and themes discussed in the course 




Lectures will introduce fundamental concepts and frameworks, including methods for engaging in research, and raise and discuss issues and debates in the field. In-class activities will provide opportunities for students to engage in exercises, examine case studies and engage in reflection & discussion.




  • Participation in class activities and reflections (15%)
  • Group Discussion: leading class discussion (25%)
  • Group research project (60%) – (individual) written paper (40%) and data presentation (20%)




Jenkins, Jennifer. 2015. Global Englishes: A Resource Book for Students (Third Edition). London and New York: Routledge.  (Required textbook; please note this book may be available online, and also as an e-book through various university libraries)

Additional readings will be made available on Moodle. A list of required and recommended readings will be provided.



Last updated: 30 July 2019