Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

ALC8009 : English in the World

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials93:0027:002-3 videos per week, with activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00Personal further reading.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities93:0027:001-2 readings per week, with activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:3012:00Synchronous, online - weeks 1 to 8
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Synchronous, online - week 9
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity91:009:001 hour per week on reflective learning journal.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will introduce new topics each week, and will facilitate structured guided learning, in the form of related activities, reading tasks and online discussion. Synchronous online sessions will enable further group work, discussion and reflection in relation to each topic. A reflective learning journal will enable students to log, and reflect on, their learning activities each week.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log1M40Reflective learning journal of weeks 1-4 (1500 words). Submitted at end of week 4, marked in buffer week.
Essay1A60Essay 2000 words. Submitted before semester 2 induction.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments 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

Timetable