ENG1001 - Global English


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Skriftlig 100/100 4 timer

Course content

Global English addresses a number of different questions relating to the fact that English is the most commonly used language in global communication today. How did English originate and develop in Britain? What lies behind the spread of English to the different continents where it is represented today? Which status does English have in linguistic communities around the world? How do varieties of English differ in terms of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and spelling? How is the English language changing and developing in the encounter with new technology and globalization processes? What is the connection between language and power, and who is more powerful: native speakers of English or speakers of English as a second or foreign language? What are the attitudes to English as a global language? Is English a useful lingua franca, a linguistic "tyrannosaurus rex", or something in between? What will happen to the English language in the future? These and other questions will be discussed from a primarily sociolinguistic angle. Literary perspectives may, however, also be brought to bear.

Learning outcome

The candidate can
- account for the main aspects of the origins and development of the English language within Great Britain
- account for the various factors that lead to the spread of English to the different continents where it is found today
- account for the various roles played by English in different communities both as a first and a second language
- identify and describe differences between varieties of English both within and outside of Great Britain concerning pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and orthography
- discuss the power relationships among native speakers and second language users of English
- account for and reflect upon positive and negative consequences of the status of English as a global language
- assess likely scenarios for the future development of the English language

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and supervision, it's learning. Students are required to use it’s learning regularly.

Compulsory assignments

  • 1 written assignment, 2-3 pages

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

The reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2014

Language of instruction: English


Subject area(s)
  • English
  • English Cultural Studies
  • English Language
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Skriftlig 100/100 2013-12-03 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Skriftlig 100/100 2014-05-20 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
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