English language 1 LM (2013/2014)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paola Vettorel
Paola Vettorel
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 24, 2014 al May 31, 2014.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall S.11  
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall S.11  

Learning outcomes

This course is aimed to introduce students to topics related to the global spread of the English language and its diversification, with specific reference to World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF).


During the course we will discuss reasons and consequences related to the development and spread of English at a global level. During the course we will examine concepts related to language variation in World English and ELF (Standard language ideology, native / non-native speakers of English, L2 users), as well as models of categorization for the spread of English. Exemplifications will be illustrated both for World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca.

Reading List
Crystal, David. 2003. English as a Global Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Jenkins J. 2009 (2nd edition). World Englishes. London: Routledge.
Schneider E.W. 2011. English around the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Seargeant P. 2012. Exploring World Englishes. London: Routledge

Additional readings
Graddol D. 2006. English Next. London: The British Council.
Hewings A., Tagg C. 2012. The Politics of English. Conflict, Competition, Co-Existence. London: Routledge (capp. 1, 6, 8).
Melchers G., Shaw P. 2003. World Englishes. London: Hodder Education
Schneider, Edgar W. 2007. Postcolonial English. Varieties around the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Seargeant, P., Swann J. 2012. English in the World: History, Diversity, Change. London: Routledge.
Seidlhofer B. 2011. Understanding English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Svartvik J., Leech G. 2006. English. One Tongue, Many Voices. Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Trudgill P., Hannah J. 2002. International English. A Guide to the Varieties of Standard English. London: Arnold.

Additional bibliographic references will be indicated during the course.

Note: the course will be held in English.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be oral, in English. Possible topics to be investigated at an individual level will be discussed during the course.

Required Linguistic Competence
Level 5 ALTE, C2 Council of Europe
Certification of linguistic competence is provided by the CLA (University Language Centre) or by other certified institutions, as specified in the Student’s Guide (“Guida dello studente”).