Varieties of English
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Inglise keele variandid
Course title in English
Varieties of English
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To introduce regional variation of the English language, look at controversial issues, to identify and characterise the main varieties of English (phonological features, differences in grammar and lexis) and discuss the future of English.
Brief description of the course
The course gives an overview of the main varieties of English in the world and introduces to various issues related to the study of regional varieties. The topics include the development of standard languages, attitudes to dialects, the relation of the two main varieties of English: British and American English; regional variation in the British Isles and in North America; the spread of English in the world; English in South-Africa, New Zealand and Australia; West Indian English and English-based pidgins and creoles; second language varieties of English.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- demonstrate knowledge of English varieties in the world;
- is able to place and characterise the main varieties, demonstrate factual knowledge of the phonological, grammatical and lexical variation found in English and apply this knowledge in the analysis of texts;
- is able to demonstrate an understanding of the interplay of regional and social variation and its relation to historical change.
Merilin Miljan, PhD
Additional information
In order to take the final written exam, a student must have submitted all the
written assignment and essay.
The student is asked to do the required reading, which will be tested in written
assignments, an essay, and in the final written exam