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English in a Globalised World (LING90019)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLING90019
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The spread of English through colonialism, its transformation in decolonisation, and its further expansion are examined in this course. We will analyse the changes in patterns and use of English in different sociopolitical settings, the historical factors that have led to these changes, and the effects of language contact in multilingual settings. The emergence of indigenised forms of English has important consequences for the teaching and testing of English language in international and local settings, and for English lexicography. Issues such as variation, codification, norm creation and the politics of international English will be addressed.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • comprehend the spread of English through colonialism, its transformation in decolonisation, and its further expansion as a global language;
  • be able to recognise and analyse the changes in patterns and use of English in different socio-political settings, the historical factors that have led to these changes, and the effects of language contact in multilingual settings;
  • have developed an awareness of the cultural and political implications of the current position of English, and refined critical skills for engaging in current debates;
  • appreciate that the emergence of indigenised forms of English has important consequences for the teaching and testing of English language in international and local settings, and for English lexicography;
  • demonstrate an understanding of issues such as variation, codification, norm creation and the politics of international English.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • have developed skills in critical thinking and analysis, through recommended reading, essay writing and seminar discussion;
  • have developed skills in communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically, through essay writing and seminar participation;
  • have developed skills in research, through competent use of the library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research.

Last updated: 9 November 2018