TESL 705: World Englishes


This course engages students in the discussion of issues concerning English as a global language. It covers historical and socio-political developments in World Englishes; explores current debates in World Englishes; examines aspects of the political sociology of English in postcolonial Africa; and considers complementarity and competition between English and African languages. Topics include: native vs. non-native varieties of English, the dynamics of world Englishes, issues concerning standard English, the ownership of English, English as an international lingua franca, norms of teaching English as an international language.