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Worlds of English


What are the origins of the English language? How has it spread internationally? Is the worldwide influence of English a cause for celebration or concern? How is it changing in response to social, cultural, and technological developments? These are just a few of the questions that you will investigate in this course which looks at the history, diversity, and use of English around the world. Using a combination of printed materials and computer-based resources you will be introduced to the major debates in the field, and to some of the ways language is described and analysed.

Modules at Level 2 assume that you are suitably prepared for study at this level. If you want to take a single module to satisfy your career development needs or pursue particular interests, you don’t need to start at Level 1 but you do need to have adequately prepared yourself for OU study in some other way. Check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared.



What you will study
Worlds of English looks at the history of the English language and its position in the world today. You will see how English has evolved in the British Isles and how it has changed as it has spread around the world.

A major aim of the course is to enable you to observe and account for how language varies between individuals and also in different institutional, cultural and national settings. You will examine examples of speech and writing from a variety of global contexts and genres, including literature, poetry, song, film, political speeches and advertising. The choice of English in multilingual contexts from education and business, to films and popular music will exemplify the significance and power of the language in social, cultural, and economic life.

You will watch and listen to specially recorded material from countries where English is the majority language such as the UK, and in countries where it exists alongside one or more other languages, such as Canada, India and South Africa. The significance of English in global contexts and its power to simultaneously open up social and economic opportunities for some, and close them down for others, are critically examined.

The course is divided into three blocks, with the following themes:

English in the World: History, diversity, change
Communicating in English: Talk, text, technology
The Politics of English: Conflict, competition, co-existence.
You will be using a combination of three books, three study guides, and three DVD-ROMs containing audio-visual material gathered on location in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. These materials illustrate the diversity of English language practices across the globe and are designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of key terms and concepts in English language studies. A specially written language de******ion book will introduce you to the basics of language analysis, which can then be practised using an accompanying interactive DVD-ROM.

You will learn
By studying this course, you’ll gain:

an understanding of the history and development of English, and a critical approach to its current global status
an understanding of the pivotal role of language in, for example, social organisation and relations, and the transmission of social and cultural values
a critical appreciation of contemporary uses of English in a range of social contexts
conceptual frameworks for the study of linguistic phenomena in a range of social contexts
opportunities to analyse spoken and written English
a perspective on your own English language experiences, including developing aspects of your own communication skills.
Vocational relevance
The course is relevant to students studying how to teach English in schools or to those wishing to teach English as an additional language.

Entry
This is a Level 2 course and so you should have some experience of Level 1 study, obtained either with the OU, or by doing equivalent work at another university.

If you have not studied at university level before, you are strongly advised to study at Level 1 before progressing to Level 2 study.

We recommend The arts past and present (AA100) and English for academic purposes online (L185). These Level 1 courses develop skills such as logical thinking, clear expression, essay writing and the ability to select and interpret relevant materials.

Your regional or national centre can advise you on where you can see reference copies of Level 1 study materials. Some are also available from Open University Worldwide Ltd. We particularly recommend looking at these materials if you have not successfully completed Level 1 study or studied at an equivalent level elsewhere.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work
Before starting the course, you may be interested in reading some books from English language studies. We recommend the following which are all accessibly written:

Cameron, Deborah (2000) Good To Talk: Living and Working in a Communication Culture, Sage.

Crystal, David (2005) The Stories of English, Penguin.

Crystal, David (2007) How Language Works, Penguin.

Graddol, David (2006) English Next, British Council. This book is available to download from British Council Learning.

If you prefer audio books or podcasts, you may be interested in:

Crystal, David (2011) The Story of English in 100 Words (BBC Audiobooks). Available on audio CD and also to download from Audible.

The British Library (2010) Evolving English, a series of podcasts available from The British Library or free from iTunes.

http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergr...ourse/u214.htm

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قديم 30-10-2013, 11:39 PM   #2
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please, how could I cover this course well ,so I can be good in it



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