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Postgraduate Course: Global Englishes (MSc) (LASC11079)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 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.

Formative feedback available;
- Assessment 1 is returned in time to provide relevant feedback for assessment 2
- General feedback on workshop exercises is placed on Learn. All exchanges on the content of assessments can be viewed on Learn discussions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 26, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
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 and critique the main issues and debates over the emergence of extraterritorial Englishes
- Explain the histories and social contexts that have given rise to international varieties of English
- 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 apply data to questions surrounding the emergence and structure of varieties of English
Assessment Information
1. One 1500 word essay (30%)
Assignment deadline: Thursday 31st October by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 22nd November 2013

2. One 2500 word essay (70%)
Assignment deadline: Thursday 12th December 2013 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 17th January 2014
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Graddol, David (2006) English Next: Why global English may mean the end of żEnglish as a foreign languageż?. British Council

Mesthrie, Rajend and Rakesh M. Bhatt (2008) World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordsworld Englishes, multilingualism, pidgins, creoles, contact linguistics
Course organiserDr Claire Cowie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8392
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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