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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. One 1500 word essay (30%)

2. One 2500 word essay (70%)
Feedback 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.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. describe and critique the main issues and debates over the emergence of extraterritorial Englishes
  2. explain the histories and social contexts that have given rise to international varieties of English
  3. discriminate between and define key terms in the field
  4. analyse texts and recordings of different varieties of English
  5. apply data to questions surrounding the emergence and structure of varieties of English
Reading List
Graddol, David (2006) English Next: Why global English may mean the end of 'English as a foreign language'?. British Council

Mesthrie, Rajend and Rakesh M. Bhatt (2008) World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
Keywordsworld Englishes,multilingualism,pidgins,creoles,contact linguistics
Course organiserMs Laura Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 6977
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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