LING615-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

World Englishes

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course explores some of the historical, political and social issues associated with the development of different World Englishes, discussing key structural differences between varieties of English along the way. Of course, for the language professional attempting to operate in this environment (e.g. teacher, writer, editor, policy maker), there are a number of practical challenges: e.g. what type of English should we teach (and endorse)? How do learners' attitudes towards their target variety affect their eventual proficiency? How do we codify new and emerging varieties? These and many more real-world issues associated with policy, planning and pedagogy are tackled in this course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will:
1. Have a critical understanding of the histories and social contexts which led to the development of multiple Englishes in the world today.
2. Show an understanding of what it takes to carry out research in World Englishes at postgraduate level, and develop the research skills needed to carry out such a project.

Students will not only acquire subject specific skills, but also transferrable skills. For example, by the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Read critically and objectively;
2. Conduct a literature search;
3. Write an academic report;
4. Work to deadlines.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator

Dineke Schokkin


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Modelling World Englishes 30% Read papers, compare and discuss approaches; due week 4
Research Proposal & Ethics 20% review paper and write short research proposal; due week 7
Research report 50% First week of exam

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,905.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All LING615 Occurrences

  • LING615-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021
  • LING615-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)