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World Englishes

Module titleWorld Englishes
Module codeELC2731
Academic year2024/5
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Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



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Module description

World Englishes are complex, fascinating and constantly evolving. This module analyses Englishes in Western and postcolonial and non-Western contexts. Examples from media, arts and culture will expand your intercultural awareness, language knowledge and critical academic skills. You will evaluate socio-political and cultural aspects and linguistic features, including grammar, vocabulary, style and idiomatic use. There are no prerequisites; it is suitable for students from all subject areas with an English CEFR framework level from B2-C2 (IELTS 6.5-8). Students taking this module need to complete a short task to ensure appropriate language level and should email before registering.  

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module aims to:

  • Expand your knowledge of world Englishes
  • Elevate your intercultural awareness
  • Expand your academic research and critical analysis skills
  • Develop your reflective, communicative and teamwork skills

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of diversity in language use and its connection to cultural expression
  • 2. Identify aspects of diverse global varieties of English and critically analyse them in relation to their social, political, cultural and linguistic contexts
  • 3. Understand key terms and concepts related to variation in the English language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Understand and analyse variation in English vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic use and style in diverse contexts

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Reflect on engagement and participation in the module, including personal development, extension of knowledge, and contribution to class discussions
  • 6. Understand aspects of diverse international cultural and geographical contexts and how they interconnect
  • 7. Work effectively in a group with peers to discuss, analyse and present on diverse aspects studied
  • 8. Critique and analyse theoretical, linguistic and cultural aspects studied on the module

Syllabus plan

  • Variation in English usage in multiple geographical, social and cultural contexts
  • Variation in use of English in specific genres of communication, i.e. academic disciplines of study, journalism and media, and arts and culture
  • Variations in grammar, vocabulary, style and idiomatic use
  • Relationship between use of English and postcolonial identities
  • Interconnection between varieties of English

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities33Lectures and seminars
Guided Independent Study117Reading and preparation for lectures, seminars, presentations and assessed coursework

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Response Paper600 words1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8Tutor written feedback
Individual Presentation10 Minutes1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8Tutor written feedback
Reflective Statement300 Words1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Tutor written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay402000 words1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8Tutor written feedback
Group presentation4020 minutes1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8Tutor written feedback
Participation20Participation in scheduled learning and teaching activities. Assessed through tutor observation (10%) and a written Reflective Statement (10%) of 500 words.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Tutor written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayRe-submission 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8August/September assessment period
Individual presentation Re-submission 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8August/September assessment period
Participation Re-submission of Reflective Statement (10%) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for reasons judged legitimate by the Mitigation Committee, the applicable assessment will normally be deferred. See ‘Details of reassessment’ for the form that assessment usually takes. When deferral occurs there is ordinarily no change to the overall weighting of that assessment.


Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to take a re-sit exam. Only your performance in this exam will count towards your final module grade. A grade of 40% will be awarded if the examination is passed.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Web-based and electronic resources:


  • ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages
  • Kortmann, Bernd & Lunkenheimer, Kerstin & Ehret, Katharina (eds.) 2020. The Electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English. Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3712132
Credit value15
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