English in a Global Context

Module code: EN7239

With a focus on modern and contemporary data, the module explores varieties of English from around the world, and the main models and critical debates that underpin work in the area.

Topics include:

  • Functions of English in multilingual nations and English as a lingua franca
  • ‘Ownership’ of English and the role of media and the internet
  • Language attitudes
  • Models for describing the use/spread of English and contemporary variation
  • Features distinguishing different varieties of English (e.g. US, Australia, Singapore)
  • Results of language contact situations

Assessment consists of a project (presented in an essay) based on the material covered in the module; the specific topic is selected by the student.


  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 140 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay or independently-undertaken project, 3,000 words (100%)