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LN5514: VARIETIES OF ENGLISH (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

English is spoken around the world in a range of often very different ways within strikingly different cultures. Yet we generally teach students of English as a Second or Other Language using a small number of pronunciation models with only Standard English as the variety used. When Second Language users of English arrive in an English-speaking country or meet native speakers who normally use a variety different from the learners’ models, they are often surprised and confused by the diversity in language they find. This course introduces you to a range of varieties of English, building your knowledge of how they work linguistically and how you can pass this knowledge on to your students. Knowledge of the diversity of English will make you more attractive to your future employers.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites


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  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description


When teaching students who do not have English as their first language, it is the norm to teach them either the RP (Received Pronunciation) or GenAm (General American) accent using only Standard English. While understandable, this is unfortunate in many ways, since most English speakers neither use these accents nor always speak the Standard. This course will teach you how to recognise and describe a number of different varieties of English while framing this new knowledge within the question: how do I pass on this knowledge to learners of English in a comprehensive but comprehensible manner?

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Contact Teaching Time

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Summative Assessments


Report (3,000 words; 100%)

Resit: One 3,000 word report (100%)

Formative Assessment

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Summative feedback through written commentary on the report and oral feedback in-class and (by appointment) individual discussion.

Formative feedback though in-class and (by appointment) individual discussion. Elements of this type pf feedback will also be given through written commentary on the report.

Course Learning Outcomes


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