World Englishes

Module code: EN7239

Module co-ordinator: Dr Cathleen Waters

In this module you will explore varieties of English from around the world. We will examine the linguistic, historical, and social reasons for the diversity of English around the world today as well as the main models and critical debates that underpin research on the topic.

Topics covered

  • Models for describing the use and spread of English
  • Features that distinguish different varieties of English (e.g., US, Australia, Singapore)
  • Results of language contact situations, including pidgins and creoles
  • The role of English in multilingual nations and its use as a lingua franca
  • 'Ownership' of English
  • The impact of literature, media, and the internet


  • A proposal and project plan (10%)
  • A 3,600-word essay (90%)

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