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Worlds of English, Short Course

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Using a combination of printed materials and computer-based resources you will be introduced to the Worlds of English major debates at The Open University UK in the field, and to some of the ways language is described and analysed.


This Worlds of English programme at The Open University UK 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 module 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.

You will be using a combination of three books, three study guides, and online 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 description book will introduce you to the basics of language analysis, which can then be practised using interactive online materials.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

The module 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.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 2 module and so you should have some experience of OU level 1 study, or equivalent work at another university.
  • If you have not studied at university level before, you are strongly advised to study at OU level 1 before progressing to OU level 2 study.

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