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2ENL51-7 Global English


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes: 


The student

  • has knowledge about how and why English has changed over time
  • has knowledge about some of the broader sociocultural issues related to the phenomenon of English as a global language
  • has insight into relevant issues with respect to choice of English variety individually and in the classroom


The student

  • is able to describe and explain systematic linguistic differences between varieties of English, including varieties of English as a first language (and dialects) as well as varieties of English as a second/foreign language
  • can understand and engage in current debates pertaining to English as a global language, e.g. English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), standard language ideology, and multilingualism and English
  • is able to identify and explain distinctive linguistic features in authentic English language data, in both written and spoken texts

General competence

 The student


  • has insight into academic and professional ethical issues relevant for the study of different varieties of English
  • can plan and carry out relevant assignments and projects over time, alone or as part of a group, and in accordance with ethical requirements and principles
  • can communicate important academic subject matters such as theories, problems and solutions, both in writing and orally
  • can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field, thereby contributing to the development of good practice


Course contents

  • Language variation and change
  • International varieties of English
  • English as a global language in global contexts – issues and attitudes
  • English as a lingua franca and attitudes towards ELF
  • English in multilingual settings, translingual use of English and standard language ideology
  • The future of English as a global language
  • Introduction to the analysis of authentic language data, both written and spoken

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Ways of working

Teaching takes the form of interactive lectures and seminars. The learning platform Canvas is used for course information and guidance. The course requires regular and active participation in seminars as well as in work with exercises in and out of class.

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

Course requirements

  • An attendance record of at least 80 % according to the semester plan. Students are responsible for registration of attendance
  • Submission of 1-2 assignments within specified deadlines during the course. The assignment(s) must be approved by the teacher no lter than 2 weeks before the exam



An individual oral examination graded on a scale from A to F. A is the highest pass grade and E is the lowest pass grade. Both language skills and content must satisfy minimum requirements in order for the candidate to obtain a pass grade.