12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2017 (Day)
Explore the varieties of English around the world. You will study descriptive surveys of the main national standard Englishes, as well as a selection of the distinctive regional, ethnic and social varieties. Specific topics in this unit include: historical and cultural background and the current sociolinguistic situation of the respective regions; special focus on the non-standard varieties of Australasia and the Pacific; global tendencies in phonological and grammatical variation; notion of Standard English, attitudes to local varieties of English and the problem of standards.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Describe the distinguishing linguistic features and historical development of a range of English varieties and the statuses and functions of these varieties in the various societies in which they are used,
- Analyse the attitudes which users of English have adopted with respect to these varieties, and how this impacts on issues of status and function
- Explore new situations involving language varieties (English or other) in these terms
- Understand and apply the practical upshots of these considerations in professional realms (education, language planning, etc.)
Within semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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