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ET9B8 - Sociolinguistics of English as a Global Language

  • Module code: ET9B8
  • Module name: Sociolinguistics of English as a Global Language
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to provide a solid understanding of key concepts in sociolinguistics, as reflected particularly in contemporary debates surrounding the nature of 'language' and 'standard language', 'target language variety', multilingualism/bilingualism, and what it means to communicate 'effectively' and 'appropriately'. A solid theoretical knowledge base will be developed which takes in the historical development and spread of varieties of English, with attention being paid both to political / sociocultural and linguistic dimensions of language spread and language use. Micro-analytic aspects of English as a lingua franca communication, the pragmatics of language use in multilingual contexts, and related issues of teacher and learner identity will also be covered. On this basis, key challenges in the teaching of English as a global language in a classroom environment will be explored.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of sociolinguistic concepts relevant to TESOL practice; understand the complexity of the notions of 'language', 'language variety', 'standard language', 'target language', 'appropriate' communication and 'multilingualism/bilingualism'; critically evaluate classroom practices in light of sociolinguistic theory and concepts; develop principled approaches to teaching English as a Global Language.

Timetabled teaching activities

8 x 1 hour lectures (i.e. one lecture per week), 8 x 1 hour seminars (i.e. one seminar per week)

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Other essential notes

10 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: ET9B8-10)
A (Assessed work only) 2000 word written assignment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught TESOL (X9PR) - Year 1
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Social Science Research (L98A) - Year 1