English: International Communication


Course Objective

At the end of the course:

1. Knowledge
You are able to describe core concepts in the study of spoken language
and characteristics of spoken English, particularly within the fields of
English as a Lingua Franca, Phonetics and Phonology, and Conversation
Analysis. You are also able to describe major (socio)linguistic issues
that arise in situations in which English is used for international

2. Skills
You are able to distinguish and transcribe human speech sounds, with
particular application to English.

3. Application
You are able to analyse features of spoken language and to reflect on
the role that features of spoken language play in (un)successful
communication in English between interlocutors with different mother

4. Attitude
You are able to explain the significance of the study of spoken English
for getting your message across in international communication and you
will act accordingly where necessary.

Course Content

English has become the leading language for international communication.
The ratio between native- and non-native speakers of English is
currently 1:4, and it is estimated that around 80% of all communication
in English takes place amongst non-native speakers with different mother
tongues. This course discusses core concepts in spoken language and
applies these concepts to an analysis of the use of English as a Lingua
Franca (ELF). The course also addresses some sociolinguistic issues
related to ELF (e.g. language attitudes) and reflects on practical
implications of the emergence of ELF, for example, in language teaching.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (2 hrs p/w) and seminars (2 hrs p/w).

Method of Assessment

A written exam (50%; individual mark) and a research assignment (50%;
group mark). Both components must be graded ≥5.5.


Carr, P. 2013. English Phonetics and Phonology. Oxford: Blackwell.
Second edition.
Other literature will be made available.

Target Audience

First-year students of Communication and Information Studies (CIW) and
English Literature and Society (L&S); exchange students.

Additional Information

80% attendance of the seminars and submission of the course work is
conditional for being awarded a grade for the exam and the research

General Information

Course Code L_ETBACIW102
Credits 6 EC
Period P5+6
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. L.M. Rupp
Examiner dr. L.M. Rupp
Teaching Staff dr. L.M. Rupp

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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