EKIA5400 English as a World Language: Past, Present, and Future (4 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



In this course you will learn about the structure and use of English in different contexts around the world. Specifically, you will become knowledgeable about the way English has taken on specific, unique linguistic and sociological characteristics in the different countries where it has spread. You will explore attitudes towards these emergent varieties of English. You will also learn about how English has been integrated into official contexts such as government, education, media and other areas of civic discourse.

During the course you will be required to complete entries in an online learning journal, based on each week’s readings. This will be assessed at the end of the course.

You will also design and conduct a research interview with someone from a country where English is widely used as a second language (usually an international student). You will be assisted in finding someone if you do not already know anyone appropriate.

As well as your own presentation, you will also be graded on your ability to ask informed questions about other students’ presentations.

Completion methods

Contact teaching, learning journal, research interview, presentation.

Assessment details
1) Presentation of research interview findings; class attendance; contribution to presentation Q&A (65%)
2) Online learning journal (35%)

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the students will be able to
• Know about the history of varieties of English around the world
• Comprehend their use in various social contexts
• Apply this knowledge to design a formal research interview
• Create a series of interview questions, informed by academic reading
• Conduct the research interview, and analyse the findings
• Evaluate their work constructively, with clear ideas for potential future improvement

Additional information

Attendance policy: Students may be absent from no more than two classes. Attendance during the presentations at the end of the course is especially important.

Description of prerequisites

EKIP504 Story of English

Study materials

All study materials will be available in Moodle. For those who would like to have some background reading to hand, the following textbooks cover some relevant themes:
• Galloway, Nicola & Heath Rose (2015). Introducing Global Englishes. New York: Routledge.
• Kachru, Braj B. (2017). World Englishes and culture wars. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Schneider, Edgar W. (2011). English around the world: an introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item