History of the English Language (2008/2009)

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Paola Vettorel
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2008 al Jan 17, 2009.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The objectives of the course are:
- to introduce students to topics related to the development and spread of the English language, with specific reference to World Englishes, English as an International Language (EIL) and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF);
- to develop students’ awareness and understanding of the spread of English around the world and of its implications


During the course we will discuss topics related to the spread of English in the World, examining in particular the implications of these changes in Europe with reference to English as an International Language (EIL) and English as Lingua Franca (ELF), including aspects related to the teaching and learning of English.

Crystal D., The English Language, London, Penguin, 1988.
Crystal D., English as a Global Language, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Graddol D., English Next, London, The British Council 2006.
Jenkins J., World Englishes, London, Routledge, 2003.
Seidlhofer B. (ed.), Controversies in Applied Linguistics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003. (Section 1)

Additional Reading:
Graddol D., The Future of English?, London, The British Council, 1997.
Jenkins, J., The phonology of English as an International Language, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000.
McKay S., Teaching English as an International Language, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2002.
Pennycook A., The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language, London, Longman, 1994.
Phillipson R., Linguistic Imperialism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1992.
Knapp P., Meierkord C. (eds.) Lingua Franca Communication, Frankfurt/Main, Peter Lang, 2002.

Further reading advice will be given during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be in oral form. Possible investigation topics to be carried out at an individual level will be discussed during the course.

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