The English Language in the World
Monday 11 am - 1 pm, Wednesday 11 am - 12 pm
Currently, many-voiced Englishes dominate science, business, diplomacy, and popular cultures worldwide. This introductory course surveys transnational, regional, and social varieties of Later Modern English; the linguistic and social factors that have shaped them; their characteristic structures; and their uses in speech and in writing, both literary and non-literary.
Textbooks will be ordered for you through the University of Toronto Bookstore
- Victor J. Ramraj (ed.), Concert of Voices: An Anthology of World Writing in English, 2nd ed. (broadview, 2009).
- To be confirmed - watch this space
E-readings will be made available through the course Quercus page.
First Three Authors/Texts
- From Concert of Voices
- Kamala Das, “An Introduction”
- E. Pauline Johnson/Tekahionwake “The Cattle Thief”
- Lee Maracle, “Charlie”
Methods of Evaluation
To reinforce your engagement and comprehension in course material generally: repeatable e-xercises and weekly CR/NCR writing tasks (10%), along with other individual and group activities, including a presentation of your research in progress and assigned feedback on peers’ draft work (10%); midterm test on literary and linguistic material (30%); preliminary research report (15%); final research paper (25%); 500-word take-home test (10%).