EKIS504 English as a Global Language (5 cr)

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



This unit discusses English as a global language from two perspectives. On the one hand, it looks at English as a language spreading through flows of popular culture and the ways in which it is taken up and employed as part of local cultural practices. On the other hand, it sheds light on English as a vehicular language (English as a lingua franca, ELF) in situations in which it is no one's first language as well as the characteristics of such forms of language use.

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Learning outcomes

After studying the books, the students will be able to:
• have a deeper understanding of the role of English as a global language
• discuss and evaluate the role of popular culture in relation to globalization processes
• discuss and evaluate English as a lingua franca interaction in various contexts


  • Cogo, Alessia & Dewey, Martin (2012). Analysing English as a Lingua Franca. A corpus-driven investigation. London. Continuum.
  • Pennycook, Alastair (2006). Global Englishes and transcultural flows. London: Routledge.

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