ALC8009 : English in the World: Global and Cross Cultural Issues Surrounding English as a 'Lingua Franca'

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce the students to critical issues surrounding the global spread and character of English as a ‘lingua franca’
To consider the cross-cultural implications of this state of affairs
To critically assess the consequences of the English language’s global status for international communication
To critically assess the consequences of the English language’s global status for applied linguistics and TESOL

This module examines the current ‘lingua franca’ status of the English language. The implications of this status are wide-ranging as it causes major changes in the way in which the language is used, taught, learned, conceptualised and assessed. As non-native speakers now outnumber native speakers of English by a ratio of 3:1, native speakers can no longer unproblematically lay claim to sociolinguistic and cultural acceptability and normativity. What will this mean for international communication in general? How will it feed into current issues in cross-cultural communication and applied linguistics? With norms and standards in a state of flux, what kinds of 'Englishes' are emerging and what will this mean for our understanding of ‘English’? These questions, and others, will be covered in this module.

Outline Of Syllabus

-English and Englishes in the world today
-What is a ‘lingua franca’?
-International English: Progress or decay?
-Implications of ELF (English as a lingua franca) for CCC and Applied Linguistics
-ELF and ‘standard’ language: The debates
-ELF and interpretability
-ELF in the international workplace: Real-world implications of ELF
-Analysing ELF

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture83:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1130:00130:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision23:006:00Tutorial
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will be based around core readings and pre-assigned questions. Each class session will include group discussion and small-group presentations. This format will provide the students with opportunities to learn from and about one another – a critically important aspect of the CCC programme, where participants originate from a diverse range of cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Written assignment - about 4500 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment will enable students to demonstrate sophisticated and critical understanding of one or a combination of issues connected to the status of English as the world’s ‘lingua franca’.

Reading Lists