E 323L • English as a World Language
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the different 'Englishes' that are spoken around the world: major standard varieties such as British and American English, emerging standard varieties such as those found in many postcolonial societies, and second-language varieties such as those of continental Europe and other parts of the world where English is not a first or official language. The course will begin with a historical overview of the causes of the spread of English throughout the world and its rise to world language status. We will then look at a number of different varieties of English in detail, using real language data and attempting to describe them in terms of their structure and their social context.
There will be two exams: mid-term (30%) and final (40%). In addition, students will be required to submit one 8-10 page essay about one variety of English (20%). The remaining 10% of the grade will be given for attendance and class participation.
Readings for the course will be made available in a reader, details TBA.