World Englishes - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

Examination of a selection of the different varieties of English spoken throughout the world. These include a selection of English native varieties including British and Australian as well as non-native varieties such as Singaporean, Indigenous and Indian. The differences between varieties in terms of their pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, socio-cultural roles and implications for education are explored and analysed.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain how the varieties of English differ linguistically and socio-culturally
  2. demonstrate how varieties of English may reflect different cultures by defining different rule-governed modes of meaning-making and interaction relevant to users
  3. explain the different roles played by native and non-native varieties of English within their local and global contexts
  4. examine the potential for tensions between different varieties of English
  5. examine the implications of endonormative and exonormative varieties of English in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Test — Non-invigilated take home test (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ALMX535S — World Englishes
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the course and the notion of World Englishes
2Sociolinguistic concepts
3Linguistic concepts
4Models of World Englishes
5British English
6American English
7Australian English
8South African and Nigerian English
9Indian English
10English in Singapore and Malaysia
11English in China
12Emerging Englishes
13The future of World Englishes

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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