LING40260 Global English

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module explores the social and linguistic nature of contemporary English. It examines the social, political and cultural role(s) of English in different types of English-speaking societies and the social, political and cultural forces that have conditioned and continue to sustain the spread of English around the world. The module also considers the effects that this spread has on the languages and cultures of the world, the structure of the English language, including traditional norms and practices. In terms of the linguistic aspects, the module discusses the range of variation that exists in contemporary varieties of English on all levels of grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, sociolinguistics) and the linguistic processes that have brought about this diversity. The module focuses on internationally 'lesser' known varieties of English such as Singapore English, Malaysian English, African Englishes and Hiberno-English. The social and linguistic explorations will function as a basis for critically assessing current models of teaching English. This module forms part of the BA programme for Linguistics.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Understand - the diversity in English as a particular instance of the diversity in language- the historical, social and linguistic processes that condition the contemporary nature of the language- the social and linguistic effects that English (as a dominant language) has on the linguistic makeup of specific regions and the structure of other languages- the methods for describing linguistic varietiesApply linguistic concepts to the description of a specific variety of English and its context of use.Critically assess - common (lay) assumptions about language based on an indepth analysis of the linguistic and social nature of one specific language (English)- current educational and political responses to the dominance of English Analyse the relationship between linguistic variability and social identityUnderstand the educational issues related to the variable nature of English.

Indicative Module Content:

Variation and diversity in language, language and society, language policies, International English, Teaching approaches to English, the structure of English, language and identity

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module combines a number of different teaching approaches:
face-to-face lectures,
group work,
group and plenary discussions
group and individual activity-based learning
critical reflection of data sets/scenarios
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: assignments on VLE Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Explore one variety of English Week 12 n/a Graded No


Group Project: group project & audio visual project Week 10 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive written feedback on all of their assignments. General issues will also be discussed in class and or highlighted via the VLE. Students will also be encouraged to supply feedback to their peers for some of their activities.

Name Role
Dr Sarah Kelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 10:00 - 10:50