English as an international language is a new and timely discipline that is concerned with all aspects of the spread and the use of English around the globe. This interdisciplinary area includes studies that deal with all areas of linguistics and applied linguistics that have implications for English as a language of international and intercultural communication.
The very rapid growth in the use of English and in the number of English speakers around the world in recent decades has had significant linguistic, socio-cultural, political and pedagogical implications and consequences for this global language, which deserve scholarly attention. The program of English as an international language provides a unique opportunity for masters and PhD students to undertake in-depth studies in this area that will equip them with knowledge and expertise that is highly needed in today's internationalised world.
Prospective students may choose to investigate topics from a wide range of sub-fields, including teaching and testing of English as an international language, intercultural communication, discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and cultural linguistics.