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120228 SE MA Seminar - Focus: Applied Linguistics / Linguistics Seminar (2019W)

English in Europe: Diversity and Adversity

10.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).

Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note that the semester schedule for this course includes a seminar conference to be held with Prof. Ritt’s MA seminar, on a Friday (ca. 14.00-20.00) and Saturday (9.00-16.00) in December, or right after Christmas break in January. In exchange for time spent at the seminar conference a number of regular seminar sessions will not be held.
Important: Full participation in this seminar conference is essential, so please bear this in mind when registering for the seminar.

Friday 11.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 18.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 25.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 08.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 15.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 22.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 29.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 06.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 13.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 10.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 17.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Friday 24.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Seminar title:
English in Europe: Diversity and Adversity

English in Europe is not just, or primarily, 'the language of the British and the Irish’, and will be even less so in a post-Brexit EU. It pervades the private and professional lives of most European citizens: apart from what is often (and deprecatingly) referred to as ‘Euro-English’ spoken and written in Brussels corridors, there are daily interactions such as business meetings in Barcelona, academic conferences in Stockholm, Erasmus students’ pub conversations in Prague and encounters between asylum seekers and port authorities in Lampedusa, to mention just a few examples.

This very complex situation gives rise to a plethora of applied linguistics research questions, only a small selection of which can be addressed in the course of one seminar. Therefore, we will first aim to get an overview of spread and roles of English in Europe and then focus our investigations on English in EU language (education) policies and/or immigration encounters and asylum procedures. To this end, we will engage in close reading of selected texts. Participants will then be invited to develop their own individual small-scale projects.

One issue that all projects will address is just how this ‘English’ can be conceptualized and characterized that serves many diverse functions, and how actual interactions via English, more often than not used as a lingua franca, exemplify and illustrate the specific issues that arise in these contexts.

Students will develop their understanding of phenomena relating to English as a lingua franca in Europe and theoretical approaches to studying these. They will become familiar with topics and findings of research in these areas and with ways of critically reflecting on these. By undertaking their own small-scale empirical projects, they will gain informed insights into the nature of these phenomena, use appropriate methods for investigating them, and evaluate the relevance their findings may have for their understanding of English in today's globalized world.

This seminar combines lecturer input, on- & offline assignments, reading-based pair and group work and discussions, and intensive individual research work leading to student presentations and seminar papers. In the first phase of the seminar, we shall engage in some shared close reading and discussion of key texts. Participants will then be able to design their own projects, and will discuss their thoughts and findings both during the weekly sessions as well as at the seminar conference in December or January (see above).

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on the basis of classroom participation, project proposal (conceptual, bibliographical and methodological), oral presentation and written term paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements:
a) regular class attendance (max. 2 absences)
b) giving the oral presentation (on set date)
c) handing in the seminar paper (on time)
d) attaining 60 of the maximum 100 points.

Course evaluation will be based on:
* class participation and assignments, incl. research proposal (max. 25 points)
* oral presentation (max. 15 points)
* seminar paper (max. 60 points)

Final grades & points achieved: ‘1’: 90-100; ‘2’: 80-89; ‘3’: 70-79; ‘4’: 60-69; ‘5’: 0-59

Examination topics

See 'minimum requirements'.

Reading list

Information on the required readings will be provided in class/on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA812 (2); UF 344
Code/Modul: MA 4; MA 5; UF 4.2.3-222
Lehrinhalt: 12-0400

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