ENGLISH LANGUAGE 2
|Official course title||LINGUA INGLESE 2|
|Degree level||First Cycle Degree M.D.270|
|Educational sector code||L-LIN/12|
Collaboratori ed Esperti Linguistici
Degree Programmes and curricula
Other parts of the course
Module title: The globalisation of English
Increasingly we hear and read the plural form Englishes,intended to underline the many varieties of English, and the many uses to which they are put, across the world. Increasingly too, we are led to doubt the existence of the reassuring variety known as Standard English.This module aims at looking how this situation has evolved, through a diachronic and synchronic overview of the development of English, and where it might lead to in the future.
The module begins by looking at different types of varietywithin a language (spoken-written, formal-informal,literary-nonliterary, etc) before going on to look at the specialcircumstances of English as the world's lingua franca.
The aim of the module is to make students of literature aware of the language choices which writers in English have to face, to provide a useful instrument of text analysis, and ultimately to reflect on their own competences in using the language.
Level B2 of the Common European Framework
Main themes, in the order in which they will be treated:
Models and descriptions of English as a global languageEnglish as a Lingua Franca
English as a global language
The evolution of English
The role and function of the dictionary
Standard and non standard English
Formal and informal varieties
Attitudes to English
Recommended Reading List
Svatvik, J and Leech, G ENGLISH: ONE TONGUE, MANY VOICES, Palgrave Macmillan 2006
Other texts we shall refer to during the course:
Crystal, D ENGLISH AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE(2nd edition), Cambridge University Press, 2003
Crystal, D THE STORIES OF ENGLISH, Penguin Allen Lane, 2005
Graddol, D ENGLISH NEXT, British Council, 2006 (on line resource)
Kachru, B THE ALCHEMY OF ENGLISH, University of Illinois Press, 1985
Mollin, S EURO ENGLISH: ASSESSING VARIETY STATUS, Gunter Narr Verlag, 2007
Schneider, E POSTCOLONIAL ENGLISH,Cambridge University Press, 2007
Written exam. More details will be given at the beginning of the course.
Mixed. Lessons will be supplemented by on line materials.