Varieties of English (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paola Vettorel
Paola Vettorel
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at illustrating the development and diversification of the English language in English varieties. It is also intended to shed light on the factors that have determined the emergence of Englishes and to give insights into linguistic, cultural and ideological issues related to the diverse contexts and uses of Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca in the world.
At the end of the course students will be able to identify and critically examine the principal factors and issues related to the spread of English in the world, the main characteristics of varieties of English in Inner and Outer Circle territories (see syllabus below) and of English as a Lingua Franca as a functional variety.


The course “English varieties and the spread of English around the globe” will be held in English, and is structured in 2 modules (module 1: Paola Vettorel, module 2: Marta Degani)

The modules will deal with the following topics:
- English as a global language
- Models of categorization
- Standard language ideologies
- Attitudes to language change
- English as a Lingua Franca
- Implications for Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- Terminological issues concerning the study of varieties of English
- The development of Englishes: focus on language contact
- Types of variation across Englishes
- English-based pidgins and creoles
- English in the US
- English in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa)
- Emerging Englishes (South East Asia)
- Challenges of Intercultural Communication

The course will be delivered through lessons; students will also be asked to carry out activities related to the topics in the syllabus, and to interact in a reflective way in the e-learning dedicated space.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Schneider E. English Around the World Cambridge University Press 2011
Crystal D. English as a Global Language (Edizione 2) Cambridge University Press 2003 testo consigliato / additional reading
Jenkins J Global Englishes (Edizione 3) Routledge 2014
Saraceni M. World Englishes. A Critical Analysis Bloomsbury 2015 testo consigliato / additional reading

Assessment methods and criteria

Pre-requisite: CEFR C2 level

Contents of the exam: students will be examined on the topics listed in the programme
Type of exam and exam objectives: the exam is oral, and aims at evaluating students’:
- knowledge of the topics included in the programme (for both modules)
- critical understanding of the issues examined during the course (for both modules)
- ability to contextualize and apply this knowledge and understanding to examples of language use (for both modules)

Evaluation: The final mark (/out of 30) will derive from the evaluation of both Module 1 and Module 2 (50%) and the CLA C2 language mark (50%).

The contents of the exam are the same for attending and non-attending students. All students will be tested for the same skills (see exam objectives)