Global English

2019-2020

Course Objective

1. Knowledge
You are able to describe salient features of varieties of English. You
are able to explain the way in which these varieties have evolved within
theories of language variation and change.
You are also able to describe the use of corpus analysis as an empirical
method for linguistic research. You are also able to name and describe
some of the most important corpora that can be used for research in the
field of Global English.
2. Skills
You are able to apply this knowledge in analyses and assessments of
concrete situations, such as the implementation of English language
policy.
You are also able to apply corpus linguistic techniques in an analysis
of Global English.
3. Attitude
You are able to present a well-informed perspective of the nature of
different Englishes and the impact of the global spread of English on
speakers of English around the world.
4. Communication
You are able to report on topics in Global English in short oral
presentations and in writing.
5. Competence
You are able to identify people’s needs regarding the English language,
including your own, and you are able to decide on the best way to act
upon it.

Course Content

In the lectures, we will examine the world-wide spread of the English
language. We will begin with regions in the world where English is
spoken as a first language (England, the Celtic countries, the U.S.,
Australia, etc.). We will then move on to regions where English is
spoken as a second language (Africa and Asia), and from there to regions
where English is used as a foreign language or a lingua franca (e.g. The
Netherlands, China, Europe (Euro English?). We will explore different
issues in the global spread of English. These include: linguistic issues
(variation in English, World Englishes), social issues (the use of
English in society, dialect perception, language and identity, language
and power, language death), literary concerns (the use of English in
postcolonial literature), and the impact of Global English on education
(English language teaching and policy).

In the seminar, we will address questions that have arisen from the
lectures or the reading and we will discuss course work.

In the practicum you will be introduced to the field of corpus
linguistics as a research method for analysing linguistic data, with a
particular focus on Global English.

Teaching Methods

Lecture (2 hours per week), seminar (2 hours per week) and practicum (2
hours per week).

Method of Assessment

Exam (50%, individual grade) and a research report on a variety of
English (50%, individual grade). Students must obtain a grade of ≥5,5
for both the exam and the research report.

Entry Requirements

Students must have passed Academic English CIS-L&S Writing
(L_EABAALG104) and Academic English CIS-L&S: Grammar (L_EABAALG103) and
they must have taken English: International Communication
(L_ETBACIW102).
Students in the Minor in English need to contact the Onderwijsbureau of
the Faculty of Humanities (FGW) to register for the course
(onderwijsbureau.fgw@vu.nl).

Literature

Schneider, E.W. 2001. English Around The World. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press.
Other literature and materials will be made available in class and on
Canvas.

Target Audience

Second-year students CIS (tracks Studies>, , Teaching>) and English Literature & Society, third-year minor students,
and exchange students.

Additional Information

80% attendance and submission of the course work is conditional for
being awarded a grade for the exam and the research report. Please note
that students in the Minor in English do not take the practicum.

General Information

Course Code L_ETBAETK209
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
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
drs. E. Akkerman

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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