Postgraduate Course: Global Englishes (MSc) (LASC11079)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. One 1500 word essay (30%)
2. One 2500 word essay (70%)
||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
On 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
- analyse texts and recordings of different varieties of English
- apply data to questions surrounding the emergence and structure of varieties of English
|Graddol, David (2006) English Next: Why global English may mean the end of 'English as a foreign language'?. British Council www.britishcouncil.org/learning-research-englishnext.htm|
Mesthrie, Rajend and Rakesh M. Bhatt (2008) World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled
|Keywords||world Englishes,multilingualism,pidgins,creoles,contact linguistics
|Course organiser||Dr Claire Cowie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8392
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188