Singapore University of Social Sciences

World Englishes

World Englishes (ELG353)


ELG353 provides the conceptual framework for understanding the nature of English in other cultural contexts, often referred to by the global term ‘New/World Englishes’. It explores the social, linguistic and educational implications of historical and contemporary developments in the spread of English as a World Language and enables students to understand engage in current debates about the status of non-native Englishes.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • World Englishes: The historical, social and political context.
  • Pidgins and creoles.
  • Standard language ideology in the Inner Circle.
  • World Englishes (New Englishes) / Teaching and testing the new World Englishes.
  • The spread of English as an International Lingua Franca (ELF): Nature, positioning and power.
  • The future of World Englishes and the global spread of English: Issues and Implications.

Learning Outcome

  • Use basic knowledge of the models of World Englishes applied in this field of study to examine critical issues raised within the course
  • Examine the functions of English as a World Language in today’s context
  • Formulate and critique issues associated with the perception of World Englishes as viable and recognized languages in their own right
  • Construct and justify personal viewpoints regarding the nature and use of World Englishes in today’s global economic and political climate
  • Debate the issues surrounding the existence and use of World Englishes
  • Illustrate the educational implications of World Englishes
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