Singapore University of Social Sciences

Global Englishes

Global Englishes (ELG362)


ELG362 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


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