EL4255



English as a World Language

This module focuses on the consequences of the spread of English as a world language. Key topics covered include: the rise of linguistic instrumentalism; the marginalization of other languages and their speakers/cultures; the question of how various Englishes should be ideologically positioned and the relationship between language and modernity. Target students: Those who are willing to critically engage in a debate on what it means to be a 'world language' as well those who are interested in gaining a deeper appreciation of the impact of English on the world and vice versa.

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