Varieties of English (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Anna Zanfei
Anna Zanfei
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II SEMESTRE dal Feb 27, 2017 al Jun 10, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.6  
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.6  

Learning outcomes

This course is aimed at helping students expand their knowledge about the development and diversification of the English language in English varieties. Module 1 introduces the students to the use of varieties and appropriateness with exemplifications from magazines such as the Times and the Economist, and other new and old media.Module 2 is intended to give insights into linguistic, cultural and ideological issues related to the diverse uses of English in an international context and in situations of intercultural communication.


The course is structured in 2 modules

Module 1 “Introduction to the study of varieties of English”
-diatopic varieties and the model of geographical varieties
-diastratic variety and sociolinguistic approach: linguistic levels model, and the study of correlations with social variables
-the learning model for standard, non-standard, and regional varieties: examples of regional varieties and international varieties. The case of non-rhoticity of Bostonian accent
-appropriateness as key factor in swifting from one variety to the other: exemplifications
-Business English from a linguistic perspective : exemplifications

Module 2 “English varieties and the spread of English around the globe.
- English as a global/international language
-Types of variation across Englishes
- Models of World Englishes
- Standard language versus non-standard
- Challenges of Intercultural Communication

Melchers, Gunnel and Philip Shaw (2003) World Englishes, London , Arnold.
Baker, Carl Lee (2001) English Syntax, second edition, Cambridge (MA), The MIT Press (chapter 1)
Bauer, Laurie (2002) An introduction to international varieties of English, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press (Chapter 2 : sections 2.1 and 2.2; Chapter 9)
Jeffries, Lesley (2006) Discovering Language. The Structure of Modern English, London, Palgrave
The following articles used as reference will be available in the e-learning website:
Marcin Grygiel (2015) Business English from a linguistic perspective in English for Specific Purposes World, ISSN 1682-3257,, Special Issue #1, Vol. 16, 2015
The slides used in the classroom will be available in the e-learning website
The course will be held in English.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Melchers G. & P.Shaw World Englishes Arnold 2003

Assessment methods and criteria

Pre-requisite: C2 level language certificate
Written exam for each module.