This course explores language as a social form, focusing on the connections between language, culture, perception and linguistic globalization. Against a sociolinguistic backdrop, the course aims to raise students' consciousness to the political, socio-cultural and ethical aspects of the global spread of English. The topics covered will equip students with the basic, critical concepts needed to examine the pros and cons of the internationalization of English worldwide. At a practical level, students will be guided to reflect on and incorporate these concepts in their approaches to teaching English in the US and abroad. Through readings, discussions, international conversation partners, and reflection assignments, students will (re)conceptualize how English is taught as an international language, problematizing the issues related to "Standard English" and "NES/NNES dichotomy." Individually and collectively, the class will deconstruct notions of "one-size fits all" approach to teaching (i.e. English language as a standardized language) and explore pedagogies that take into consideration multiple varieties of Englishes. From start to finish, students will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences, link theory to practice, and collect resources to support their future careers.
Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.