Educational guide
IDENTIFYING DATA 2018_19
Subject VARIETIES OF ENGLISH Code 00413031
Study programme
GRADO EN FILOLOGÍA MODERNA, INGLÉS
Descriptors Credit. Type Year Period
6 Optional Third Second
Language
Ingles
Prerequisites
Department FILOLOGIA MODERNA
Coordinador
GUZMÁN GONZÁLEZ , TRINIDAD
E-mail tguzg@unileon.es
nramg@unileon.es
Lecturers
GUZMÁN GONZÁLEZ , TRINIDAD
RAMÓN GARCÍA , NOELIA
Web http://
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
Tribunal titular
Cargo Departamento Profesor
Presidente FILOLOGIA MODERNA CHAMOSA GONZALEZ , JOSE LUIS
Secretario FILOLOGIA MODERNA O,DOWD , ROBERT ALEXANDER
Vocal FILOLOGIA MODERNA GUTIERREZ LANZA , MARIA DEL CAMINO
Tribunal suplente
Cargo Departamento Profesor
Presidente FILOLOGIA MODERNA RABADAN ALVAREZ , ROSA
Secretario FILOLOGIA MODERNA LABRADOR DE LA CRUZ , MARIA BELEN
Vocal FILOLOGIA MODERNA MORENO FERNANDEZ , ANA ISABEL

Competencias
Code  
A2040
A2043
B206
B223

Learning aims
Competences
A2043
B206
B223
A2040
B206
B223

Contents
Topic Sub-topic
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).

Planning
Methodologies  ::  Tests
  Class hours Hours outside the classroom Total hours
Tutorship of group 2 5 7
 
Presentations / expositions 2 10 12
Seminars 20 20 40
Other methodologies 8 5 13
 
Lecture 22 20 42
 
Mixed tests 6 30 36
 
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies
Methodologies   ::  
  Description
Tutorship of group
Presentations / expositions
Seminars
Other methodologies
Lecture

Personalized attention
 
Presentations / expositions
Tutorship of group
Lecture
Other methodologies
Seminars
Mixed tests
Description
A mid-term and an end-of-term 1-hour sessions. Dates will be published in due time in Moodle. They are aimed at solving the students' special difficulties with the course contents and particular tasks.

Assessment
  Description Qualification
Lecture Part 1a: Final written exam. Theory.

Part 2a: Short assignments handed in and marked individually during term.
1a: 40%


2a: 10%
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.
1b: 35%



2b: 5%
 
Other comments and second call

1.- Dates:

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%).   

4.- Resit:

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

Basic

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 [1995]. The Cambridge encyclopaedia of the English language. Cambridge: Cambridge University.Press.

* Graddol, D., Leith, D. & J. Swann. 2002 [1996]. English: history, diversity and change. London: Routledge & The Open University.

Complementary

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. London & New York: Routledge.

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.


Recommendations

Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously
ENGLISH LANGUAGE VI / 00413027

Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before
ENGLISH LANGUAGE I / 00413003
LINGUISTICS: CONCEPTS AND THEORETICAL MODELS / 00413004
ENGLISH LANGUAGE II / 00413007
ENGLISH PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY / 00413009
ENGLISH LANGUAGE III / 00413012
ENGLISH GRAMMAR / 00413016
ENGLISH LANGUAGE IV / 00413017
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE / 00413021
ENGLISH LANGUAGE V / 00413023
 
Other comments
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.