E 323L • English as a World Language
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
This course examines the growth and spread of English around the world. We begin with an overview of linguistic concept and terminology. Then we turn to a brief account of the historical and social forces that shaped the Age of Exploration, especially in regard to the English-speaking peoples of Britain. We will look at the transplantation process of the language to Ireland; America, in the larger sense of that term which includes Canada and the Caribbean; Africa; Central and Southeast Asia; and Oceania; and we will develop a linguistic profile of the varieties of English in those regions.
There will be four in-class, closed book, hand in exams across the semester which will count for your grade, each test consisting of five questions (chosen out of ten) with a total of 100 points. The average will be taken from the first three, requiring 90% or higher for an A grade. You may also lose, but not gain, points for attendance and participation. There will be take-home assignments from time to time. The entire class policy will be included in the workbook for this course, available from Speedway Copy in Dobie Mall.