E s323L • English as a World Language
10:00 AM-11:30 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; you will be required to turn in your notebooks, for which you might lose, but not gain, points. You may also lose, but not gain, points for attendance and participation. There will be take-home assignments from time to time.