Global English

Course code:
Period 1
Language of tuition:
Faculty of Humanities
dr. L.M. Rupp
dr. L.M. Rupp
drs. E. Akkerman
dr. L.M. Rupp
Teaching method(s):
Seminar, Lecture

Course objective

You are able to describe the salient features of major varieties of
English, and the way in which these varieties have evolved. You are able
to describe theoretical concepts in the field of language variation and
change. Your are 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 area of
Global English and research in the area of English linguistics more

You are able to apply this knowledge in analyses of concrete situations
of the globalization of English, for instance language policy-making .
You are able to apply corpus linguistic techniques to the analysis of a
number of issues in Global English.

You are able to present a well-informed perspective of the nature of
different Englishes and the impact of the globalization of English on
speakers of English around the world.

You are able to present results of a small linguistics research project
of your own on a website.

You are able to identify situations in which corpus analysis is useful.

Course content

In this course we consider the world-wide use of the English
language. We begin with areas where English is spoken as a first
language (England, the Celtic countries, the US, Australia, etc.). We
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 lingua franca (e.g. Europe, the Netherlands). We
will explore different issues in the globalization of English. These
include linguistic aspects (variation in English, the notion of Global
English, linguistic features of English varieties), social issues
(language and identity), literary concerns (postcolonial literatures),
and the
impact of the world-wide spread of English on language policy in
education and other professional domains.

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

In the practicum you will be introduced to the field of corpus
linguistics as a research method for analysing linguistic data. You will
apply this to the study of Global English.

Form of tuition

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

Type of assessment

Exam (50%, individual mark) and a 'website' assignment on a variety of
English (50%,
group mark). Students must pass both the exam and the assignment with at
least a 5,5 .

Course reading

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

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 followed English: International Communication
Students in the Minor in English need to contact the Onderwijsbureau of
the Faculty of Humanities (FGW) to register for the course

Target audience

Second-year students CIS and Literature & Society, third-year minor
students, and international students.


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

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