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World Englishes - English as a lingua franca

Class at Faculty of Arts |


1.      Global Language - why English? Models of spread of English; Defining key terminology. Terminological muddle (WE, WEs, EIL, EGL, ELF, Euro English, etc.); from the 1st to the 4th diaspora

2.      Standard English. What English? Whose English? The question of the ownership of English; The English Today Debate.

3.      ‘Native’ / NESTs or ‘non-native’ teachers / non-NESTs? Exonormative vs. endonormative model

4.      Linguistic, cultural and pedagogical imperialism

5.      Culturism, Otherness, Cultural continuity / Position 2, Intercultural competence / the fifth skill; Literary creativity in World Englishes

6.      Simplified Englishes; ELF misconceptions; Conceptualizing ELF, Lingua Franca(s)

7.      ELF & phonology, LFC; attitudes to accents; correctness; intelligibility; Czenglish

8.      ELF & morphology, syntax, lexis, pragmatics; Corpus-based ELF research

9.      ELF & ‘ mistakes’; Nativespeakerism, Interlanguage, Learner English, Fossilization

10.  ELF & ELT (Paradigm shift; New methods or no methods?; global textbooks; new standard(s); new goals; polymodel approach; innovative teacher training and more)


The course is an introduction into the field of World Englishes and current ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) research. It will provide an overview of key terminology and discuss pedagogically highly relevant issues that are changing current practices in ELT (English Language Teaching).

It is intended for MA students of English and American studies who have completed their practical language course and (possibly) an introductory course into applied linguistics. Previous theoretical and practical experience with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is welcome but not essential.

The course participants will be given a chance to practise their presentation skills and take a critical stand to established applied linguistic phenomena. Part of the course will be conducted on-line via Skype.