|Subject||VARIETIES OF ENGLISH||Code||00413031|
|General description||This course departs from the idea that variation is the natural state of languages, as "a language" is viewed as a structured group of varieties, with multiplex inter-connections related to its speakers' interactions. The most outstanding diatopic and diastratic varieties of the English languages are described, clarifying concepts such as accent, register, jargon and (dia- / socio-) lect, and linking them with the relevant diachronic variety. It is of interest for those interested in text editing, linguistic advice, translation, etc., -and any other job where language variation and varieties and concepts like "world languages", "lingua franca", etc. are of key importance. This of course includes the teaching of English, where an awareness of the varieties of English is a must.|
|Tribunales de Revisión||
|A.- THEORETICAL BACKGROUND:||1.- Variation as the natural state of language and languages.
2.- Axes of variation: time, geography, social groups, use.
|B.- OUTLINE OF SELECTED RELEVANT VARIETIES:||3.- Varieties of English across time: Old and Middle English.
4.- The Standardisation Processes of English.
5.- Geographical varieties.
6.- Social varieties.
7.- Varieties related to usage and function.
|C.- “TRENDING TOPICS” IN LANGUAGE AND VARIATION WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO ENGLISH:||8.- Language, politics and identity.
9.- English as a world/global language.
10.- Prestige varieties and models for Foreign Language Teaching (FLT).
|Methodologies :: Tests|
|Class hours||Hours outside the classroom||Total hours|
|Tutorship of group||2||5||7|
|Presentations / expositions||2||10||12|
|(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.|
|Tutorship of group|
|Presentations / expositions|
|Lecture||Part 1a: Final written exam. Theory.
Part 2a: Short assignments handed in and marked individually during term.
|Other methodologies||Part 3: Short assignments handed in and marked individually during term.||1: 10%|
|Seminars||Part 1b: Final written exam. Practice.
Part 2b: Short assignments handed in and marked individually during term.
|Other comments and second call|
1.a.- To be published in due time, once they are passed by the Department and the Faculty of Arts.
1.b.- Deadlines for term assignments will be published in due time via Moodle.
2.- Pass requirements:
2.a.- Positive global assessment of, at least, 50% of the total amount of points.
2.b.- Students must obtain a 45% of the total possible assessment points in the final written exam (Parts 1a and 1b) and a 60% of the total possible assessment points for short exercises (Parts 2a, 2b and 3) in order to get a global assessment in which every part is considered.
3.- Grading criteria:
For both the final exam and short exercises:
Adequate understanding and command of the theoretical and practical contents of the course. Command of written English at the level of "Lengua Inglesa V": unclear organisation of contents and arguments and poor inaccurate expression (morphosyntax, vocabulary, spelling) will imply decuctions of up to 30% off the maximum assessment points (100%).
Parts 2a, 2b and 3 (10%+5%+10%= 25%) of the global mark cannot be repeated, although the points obtained will be taken into account for this academic year written exam resit.
5.- Special cases:
Students who can prove they are not able to hand in the assignments for Parts 2a, 2b and 3 during term-time must write to the teacher during the first teaching week. These students must take the final written exam on the same dates as the rest of the class and must hand assignments for parts 2a, 2b and 3 when they sit the final exam for the first time.
|Sources of information|
|Access to Recommended Bibliography in the Catalog ULE|
1.- Please familiarize yourself with University GENERAL LIBRARY (http://www5.unileon.es/bibportal/), the Faculty of Arts LIBRARY (http://www.filosofiayletras.unileon.es/servicios/biblioteca.html) and CAAD (Learning and Teaching Support Centre).
2.- Course resources:
2.a.- Texts, specific reference lists, and other supplementary materials will be made available periodically during the course.
2.b.- The following is an introductory list for those students interested in getting a general idea of the subject:
* http://www.uni-due.de/SVE/ STUDYING VARIETIES OF ENGLISH.
*Bernárdez, E. 1999. ¿Qué son las lenguas? Madrid: Alianza Editorial.
* Crystal, D. 1996 . The Cambridge encyclopaedia of the English language. Cambridge: Cambridge University.Press.
* Graddol, D., Leith, D. & J. Swann. 2002 . English: history, diversity and change. London: Routledge & The Open University.
Peter Trudgill. 2003. A glossary of sociolinguistics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Chambers, J. K., Peter Trudgill and Natalie Schilling-Estes (eds) 2002. The Handbook of Language Variation and Change. Oxford: Blackwell.
Van Kemenade, A. & Los, B. (eds). 2006. The Handbook of the History of English. Malden, MA : Blackwell.
Jenkins, Jennifer. 2003. World Englishes.
Bauer, Laurie 2002. An Introduction to International Varieties of English. Edinburgh:University Press.
Schreier, Daniel et al. 2010. The lesser-known varieties of English: An Introduction. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Biber, Douglas 1988. Variation Across Speech and Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
|Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously|
|Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before|
|Command of English at C1 (reading skills) and B2 (writing, listening and speaking skills) levels is highly recommended for this subject. Likewise, working knowledge of the fundamentals of phonological and grammatical description, and awareness of the main facts of the history of English are highly advisable.|