Course Title : Varieties of English
Code Course
Credits ECTS
ELL 311-1 B 5 3 0 0 3.00 5
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language English
Course Level
Description The course looks at the development of English from an historical point of view, as well as a survey of the variants of English in the modern world, covering dialects, creoles, the use of lingua franca and the geographical locations of English as a first language and English as a second language. Students will be able not oly to see the differences between the dialects, but at the same time they will have an insight of the traits and peculiarities which characterize the people, who speak these dialects, as well as their culture as something indispensable in a language. Received Pronunciation of standard British English, and American and Canadian English will be contrasted.
Objectives This course aims to help students in achieving these objectives: 1.Students will learn the historical chronological development of English 2. Students will learn about the english language development and its tranformation into a lingua franca 3. Student will observe its synchronic uses in the modern world. 4. Students will expand their knowledges on different dialects used 5. Students will see english as real world linguistic application. 6. Students will gather data from informant and elsewhere, and presented in each class with partners or in teams. 7. Knowing variants of a language helps the students in knowing the world and the psychology as well as the culture of the people where these dialects are spoken.
Course Outline
1History of English Language-Part I IE=International English Text, HI= History of English TextReading: HI chpt 1, Overview
2History of English Languge- Part II, History of Turkish, Albanian, Frisian, and Celtic languiages- a comparison Reading: HI Chpt I, Overview
3Langhuage and Peoples: Danes, Celts, Vikings, Albanians, Turks Reading: HI Overview of pronunciation, morphology, syntax of English HI Chpts. 2, 3
4War and language spread: The Moghul Empire, The Hundred Years War, Norman Conquest, War of the Roses, the Boer war, the American Civil War, Reading: HI Vocabulary, Standardization of English, Chpts 4, 5
5Lingua Francas: Swahili, Arbic, Freanch, Spanish, Portugues, Dutch, German, and English Historical Loan words. Reading: HI Names and English in Britain and North America, Chpts 6, 7, 8
6Language and Power: language and imperialism: charting GD and language: 1890, 2003, 2013. Language and Power Essay Reading: HI English Worldwide Chpt. 9
7Language Varieties and history: The Chinese language, The “Doomsday” book, “Received Pronunciation and the public school in Britain, Native American Indianns, “First Peoples” in Canada, Aborigines in Australia, Maoris of New Zealand Reading: ReviewHI- all chapters
8Midterm Exam
9IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and Vowels. The 2 English Standards Reading: IE Intro, Glossary , Chpt 1
10Australia, South Africa, Wales Reading: IE Chpt. 2
11North American English regional pronunciation Reading: IE Chpt. 3
12English and North American English compared , Scottish and Irish Reading: IE Chpt. 4 and 5
13West Indian English and Creoles Reading: IE Chpt. 6
14English as a Second language Worldwide Reading: IE Chpt. 7
15Review for final partner presentations Reading:IE Review
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Knowledge of Standard English of Britain and the US/Canada
2Knowledge of the chronological development historical English, and the ability to trace the development of other languges
3Knowledge of the synchronic uses nd recent developments of English as a lingua franca in the modern world
4Knowledge of different dialects of the english language
5Students are able not only to distinguish one dialect from the other, but as well as knowing some pecularities of each dilects
6Students try to use these dialects in class, which would be a challenge for non-native english speakers
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade70
Contribution of final examination to overall grade30
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14228
Assignments 100
Midterms 11111
Final examination 11010
Other 21428
Total Work Load 125
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5

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