Identifying Data 2019/20
Subject (*) Varieties of English Code 613G03042
Study programme
Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Graduate 1st four-month period
Fourth Optional 4.5
Teaching method Face-to-face
Department Letras
Nuñez Puente, Carolina
Nuñez Puente, Carolina
General description Estudo das numerosas e complexas manifestacións da lingua inglesa, agás as consideradas estándar.
Contingency plan

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A1 Coñecer e aplicar os métodos e as técnicas de análise lingüística e literaria.
A2 Saber analizar e comentar textos e discursos literarios e non literarios utilizando apropiadamente as técnicas de análise textual.
A6 Ter un dominio instrumental avanzado oral e escrito da lingua inglesa.
A9 Elaborar textos orais e escritos de diferente tipo en lingua galega, española e inglesa.
A11 Ter capacidade para avaliar, analizar e sintetizar criticamente información especializada.
A17 Coñecer a historia e a cultura das comunidades anglófonas.
A19 Coñecer a situación sociolingüística da lingua inglesa.
A20 Coñecer a variación lingüística da lingua inglesa.
B1 Utilizar os recursos bibliográficos, as bases de datos e as ferramentas de busca de información.
B2 Manexar ferramentas, programas e aplicacións informáticas específicas.
B3 Adquirir capacidade de autoformación.
B4 Ser capaz de comunicarse de maneira efectiva en calquera contorno.
B6 Ter capacidade de organizar o traballo, planificar e xestionar o tempo e resolver problemas de forma efectiva.
B7 Ter capacidade de análise e síntese, de valorar criticamente o coñecemento e de exercer o pensamento crítico.
B8 Apreciar a diversidade.
C2 Dominar a expresión e a comprensión de forma oral e escrita dun idioma estranxeiro.
C4 Desenvolverse para o exercicio dunha cidadanía aberta, culta, crítica, comprometida, democrática e solidaria, capaz de analizar a realidade, diagnosticar problemas, formular e implantar solucións baseadas no coñecemento e orientadas ao ben común.

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
During and (especially) at the end of the course, it is expected that the students know how... - to approach the world of linguistic and cultural varieties of English from an ethical and postcolonial point of view; - to analyze the socio-cultural, political, economic and military issues surrounding the expansion of the English language and its consequences (e.g. capitalism, colonialism, globalization, and migration); - to locate the geographical regions and/or countries of the varieties of English worldwide; - to familiarize themselves with the main cultural characteristics (history, literature, religion, customs, etc.) of the regions and/or countries mentioned; - to identify the phonological, morphological, and lexical characteristics of the different varieties; - to recognize the varieties of English regarding gender, class, age, ethnicity, profession, etc. A1

Topic Sub-topic
1. Introduction and basic concepts.
World Englishes. Colonialism, postcolonialism and diasporas. English v. english.

Accent, bilingualism, creole, dialect, diglossia, idiolect, jargon, lingua franca, pidgin, register, slang, etc.
2. English at the center of the Empire. The Queen’s English. BBC English. Standard British English as dialect. London varieties, Scottish English, Wenglish, North of England, South of England, the Midlands.
3. English in the Americas. American englishes. General American English, African-American English, Canadian English, Chicano English, Louisiana creole, Caribbean English.
4. English in Africa. Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa.
5. English in Asia and Oceania.

India, Australia, New Zealand, Maori English, Solomon Islands Pidgin.
6. Other English varieties. Academic English (e.g. MLA). English according to gender, class, age, ethnicity, profession, etc.

Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Directed discussion A6 A9 A11 A17 A19 A20 B2 B3 B4 B6 B7 B8 C2 C4 16 26 42
Workshop A1 A2 A6 A9 A11 A17 A19 A20 B1 B2 B3 B4 B6 B7 B8 C2 C4 16 16 32
Supervised projects A1 A2 B1 B2 B3 B6 B7 2.5 25 27.5
Oral presentation B4 B5 B10 C2 C3 C4 C8 0.5 10 10.5
Personalized attention 0.5 0 0.5
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies Description
Directed discussion LARGE GROUP classes will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of the background material and the oral and written texts that will illustrate the general concepts. Readings, viewings and/or listening activities will be assigned for each day and students will be expected to demonstrate their grasp of this previously reviewed material.
Workshop The workshops (or "practical classes") will take place in the computer room. We will read, listen to, and analyze texts in different varieties of Englishl. Students will be asked to engage with the material in writing, usually on Moodle.
Supervised projects Different writing tasks in which the students will demonstrate their grasp of the material. Their work will be carefully supervised.
Oral presentation Tasks completed individually and collaboratively in which students will demonstrate orally their grasp of the material.

Personalized attention
Oral presentation
Supervised projects
We are available and delighted to meet the students in our offices during office hours.

Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Oral presentation B4 B5 B10 C2 C3 C4 C8 There will be two oral presentations:

I. An INDIVIDUAL presentation during the PRACTICAL CLASS (10%): The individual presentation consists of making a practical analysis of the English variety that you want. This analysis has to comment NECESSARILY on the phonetic and/or grammatical characteristics of a text (e.g. a song or a film in non-standard English).

II. A VIDEO-PROJECT in GROUP (10%): The format of the video-project in group (3-10 students) is freer, as long as students RESPECTFULLY imitate one non-standard English accent (or more) during the presentation and avoid clichés and stereotypes. Students will prepare the script, tape and upload the video.

IMPORTANT: You cannot repeat varieties of English in the presentation, the project and the comparative essay--that is, in total, you will work on at least 4 different varieties. Both for the essay and the presentations, you can choose varieties that were NOT treated in class.
Workshop A1 A2 A6 A9 A11 A17 A19 A20 B1 B2 B3 B4 B6 B7 B8 C2 C4 In the WORKSHOPS (or "practical classes"), which take place in the computer room, students will have to contribute their analysis of and comments on the material reviewed that day (or others) sometimes on paper and often on the MOODLE FORUM. Grades in this section will depend on the work you do in person in the classroom.
Supervised projects A1 A2 B1 B2 B3 B6 B7 There will be two supervised projects:

I. COMPARATIVE ESSAY (12%): You will have to write a comparative essay on two varieties of non-standard English. These varieties must be different from those you select for your oral presentation and video-project. When I return your corrected papers, you will have to rewrite them following my instructions. The grade obtained will only be effective after said rewriting. More detailed instructions will be given in class.

II. CRITICAL REVIEW (8%): I will provide you with an article on general theory about varieties (e.g. linguistic ecology). You will have to write a review of it in two parts: SUMMARY of the article and CRITICAL COMMENTARY that relates its contents with those discussed in class. The rest of the guidelines will be explained during the course.
Directed discussion A6 A9 A11 A17 A19 A20 B2 B3 B4 B6 B7 B8 C2 C4 In every THEORY CLASS (i.e. large group), each student will be expected to answer questions about the material assigned for that day (and/or the previous ones) orally or in writing (i.e. TESTS), to participate in the debates and to engage in the rest of the activities. The dates of said tests will be announced ahead of time.

Assessment comments

-To pass the course, you must be graded with at least 5 out
of 10 in the activities of the THEORY CLASSES and the PRACTICAL ONES, each of
the SUPERVISED PROJECTS and each of the ORAL PRESENTATIONS, and at least 5
(out of 10) in the final grade. As stated above, the group video-project is not
mandatory. My teaching method is based on CONTINUOUS EVALUATION. Therefore, I
will give you the GLOBAL grades before the end of December.

-The students who do not pass the activities of the THEORY
CLASSES and/or the PRACTICAL ones can repeat them in the official exam of

-In the official exam of JULY, you will follow the same
indications as in January regarding the evaluation of theory and practice. The
date of the exam, you will have to send me the supervised works and
upload the individual oral presentation. The group video-project will also be
optional. It should be noted that each student must complete the section(s) that
she or he did not complete in the first opportunity.

-Students sitting the December exam (final exam brought
forward) will be assessed according to the criteria specified for the July

-Students officially enrolled part-time who have been
granted an official dispensation from attending classes will need to contact
the teachers at the beginning of the semester. These students will be assessed
according to the criteria applied in the July opportunity.

-In order NOT to obtain the grade of "No presentado"
(Absent), the student must do at least half of the scoring work (i.e. essay,
tests, etc.)

-All assignments must be submitted in time and in the
specified format in order to avoid a penalty of 25% on the grade obtained.

-Teachers can use the "Turnitin" plagiarism
detection service to review student work. Plagiarism in any activity will mean
obtaining a "zero" in it.

-If the coordinator considers it appropriate, there may be topics of self-study by the students (e.g. to increase your knowledge). These materials, which will not be subject to evaluation, will be provided on Moodle.

Sources of information

Basic Bibliography            

Ahmad, Dohra, ed. Rotten English: A Literary Anthology. Norton & Co., 2007. 

Cheshire, Jenny. English Around the World: Sociolinguistic Perspectives. Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Crystal, David. English as a Global Language. Cambridge University Press, 2003. 

Freeborn, Dennis, et al. Varieties of English: An Introduction to the Study of a Language. Macmillan, 1993. 

Graddol, David, Dick Leith, and Joan Swann. English: History, Diversity and Change. Open University, 1996. 

Hickey, Raymond, ed. Legacies of Colonial English: Studies in Transported Dialects. Cambridge University Press, 2004. 

Hughes, Arthur, Peter Trudgill, and Dominic Watt. English Accents and Dialects: An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of British English. Hodder Arnold, 2005. 

Kortmann, Bernd, et al. A Handbook of Varieties of English. 2 Vols.and CD. Mouton de Gruyter, 2004. 

Krachu, Braj B., Yamuna Kachru, and Cecil L. Nelson, eds. The Handbook of World Englishes. Blackwell, 2006. 

Schneider, Edgar. Postcolonial English: Varieties Around the World. Cambridge University Press, 2007. 

Basic Filmography          

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Dir. Stephan Elliot. Perf. Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pierce, etc. Gramercy Pictures, 1994. 

Bend It like Beckham. Dir. Gurinder Chadha. Perf. Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, etc. 20th Century Fox, 2002. 

Keeping Up Appearances. Dir. Harold Snoad. Perf. Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, etc. BBC, 1990-1995.

My Fair Lady. Dir. George Cuckor. Perf. Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, etc. Warner Bros, 1964. 

Monsoon Wedding. Dir. Mira Nair. Perf. Vasundhara Das, Vijay Raaz, etc. Mirabai Films, 2001. 

Real Women Have Curves. Dir. Patricia Cardoso. Perf. America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, etc. HBO, 2002. 

Basic Websites  

The Routes of English. BBC Radio 4. n.d. 29 June 2016.

Worldwide Accents of English. Gabrielle Azzaro. 2000. 29 June 2016.


Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before

Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously

Subjects that continue the syllabus

Other comments

(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.