2017-2018 / GERM0062-1

Varieties of English in the Commonwealth

Duration

30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 

Lecturer

Daria Tunca

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is divided into three parts. The first, given in lecture form, is a historical and theoretical introduction to the use and study of English in the former British Empire, as well as to pidgins and creoles. The second part, taught in seminar format, consists in a critical discussion of texts (on different aspects of varieties of English) that students are requested to read before each session. Finally, the third part covers some of the main lexical, grammatical and pragmatic features of the Nigerian, Australian and Jamaican varieties of English, in addition to concentrating on the historical, social and cultural contexts of these varieties.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Upon completion of the course, students will have acquired the theoretical bases needed to understand linguistic variation, especially in relation to the Anglophone world. They will also have been provided with an overview of the linguistic situation of the territories that make up the Commonwealth, and they will be able to engage in critical discussions of relevant linguistic and socio-cultural issues.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Very good knowledge of English

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The class will include both theoretical lectures and interactive sessions. The final session will be devoted to short presentations made by students on the topic of their written essay (see below).

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Face-to-face.

Recommended or required readings

A list of recommended reading material will be made available to the students.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written essay and oral exam. The final mark will take into account the students' level of English, their ability to develop a scholarly argument, and their mastery of the theoretical material studied in class.
The brief oral presentation that the students are requested to make during the final session of the course will not count towards their final mark. However, this presentation is compulsory for all those who wish to take the exam in May-June.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

The course is taught in English.

Contacts

Daria Tunca, English Department, University of Liège, Place Cockerill, 3-5, B-4000 Liège, Belgium
Email: dtunca@ulg.ac.be
Phone: + 32 (0) 4 366 53 44