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Undergraduate Course: Global Englishes (LASC10056)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLanguage Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides a description of varieties of English which emerge from multilingual settings. In these contexts English has become a second or additional language, either through histories of colonisation, or slavery/indentured labour. We look at how processes of mass acquisition can produce identifiable non-native or "World" Englishes such as East African English, Indian English, and Singaporean English in the territories of the former British empire, and pidgin and creole Englishes in the former plantation economies or slave-trading bases of the Caribbean or Pacific. In addition to modelling the evolution of these varieties, we learn to describe their phonology and syntax, and explore the cultural role that English plays in the respective countries today. Finally we turn to contexts in which English is learnt as a foreign language, such as China, Japan, Russia. For learners of English in these countries or anyone who must use English in international exchanges, the form, level of proficiency and teaching of "English as a lingua franca" are all key questions in an increasingly heated global debate.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019) OR LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the histories and social contexts that have given rise to World Englishes
- Describe and analyse the linguistic features of World Englishes
- Identify key debates in the emergence of extraterritorial Englishes
- Discriminate between and define key terms in the field The skills acquired will include:
- Ability to analyse texts and recordings of different varieties of English
- Ability to organise data using appropriate methods
- Ability to apply data to questions surrounding the emergence and structure of varieties of English
Assessment Information
A short essay of 1500 words chosen from a list of topics covered in the first half of the semester (30%). This first assessment allows the student to review literature in preparation for the second assessment.

An in-depth essay of no more than 2500 words which should contain data analysis (70%).
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Pattern Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
Keywordsworld Englishes, multilingualism, pidgins, creoles, contact linguistics
Course organiserDr Claire Cowie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8392
Course secretaryMs Francesca Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961
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