Study Programmes 2015-2016
WARNING : 2014-2015 version of the course specifications
Varieties of English in the Commonwealth
Duration :
30h Th
Number of credits :
Master en communication multilingue, à finalité5
Master en communication multilingue, à finalité5
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English5
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : General5
Lecturer :
Daria Tunca
Language(s) of instruction :
English language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
The course begins with an introduction to the linguistic implications of English colonisation and the history of the former English territories where English is now spoken ; there is also a brief introduction to the linguistic terminology used in this course (e.g. creole, pidgin, etc). The course then covers the specific features (vocabulary, grammar, spelling and pronunciation) of the African, Caribbean and Australian varieties of English, starting from authentic documents (both written and oral) and concentrating on their socio-historical context.
Learning outcomes of the course :
Upon completion of the course, student will have acquired the theoretical bases necessary to an understanding of linguistic variation, especially in the Anglophone world. They will also have an overview of the linguistic situation of the territories that make up the Commonwealth.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
A very good knowledge of English
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
The seminar takes place in the second semester, and the last sessions are devoted to presentations by students. See
Recommended or required readings :
Available at the beginning of the course. Reference works to be consulted in the library, including: World Englishes : Critical Concepts in Linguistics, edited by Kingsley Bolton and Braj B. Kachru (London / New York : Routledge, 2006).
Assessment methods and criteria :
Written essay and oral exam.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
The course is taught in English.
Contacts :
Bénédicte LEDENT, professeur
Place Cockerill, 3-5
B-4000 Liège
Tel: 04 366 54 39 Fax: 04 366 57 21