World Englishes

Subject 175-536 (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008.Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Admission to a postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in linguistics and applied linguistics, or combined honours in English language.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: .
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Dr Jean Mulder
Subject Overview:

The spread of English through colonialism, its transformation in decolonisation, and its further expansion are examined in this course. We explore the changes in patterns and use of English in different sociopolitical settings, the historical factors that have led to these changes, and the effects of language contact in multilingual settings. The emergence of indigenised forms of English has important consequences for the teaching and testing of English language in international and local settings, and for English lexicography. Issues such as variation, codification, norm creation and the politics of international English are addressed.

Assessment: An essay of 5000 words 100% (due in late October).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, through recommended reading, essay writing and seminar discussion;

  • develop skills in communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically, through essay writing and seminar presentation;

  • develop skills in research, through competent use of the library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research.


Formerly available as 175-442. Students who have completed 175-442 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Students who have taken 175-412 Englishes in the World are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): M.A.Applied Linguistics (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of Applied Linguistics (Computer-Assisted Language Learning)
Master of Applied Linguistics (English Language)
Master of Applied Linguistics (Language Test&Language Program Evaluation
Master of Applied Linguistics(TESOL)
Master of Arts in Linguistics (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts(Lang.Testing & Lang.Program Evaluation)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts(Linguistics and Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)

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