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The English language is in a state of flux. This, of course, is nothing new: English has always taken from other languages. It is a glorious hybrid.
While this may be a cause for celebration in some aspects, it necessarily makes things difficult for the English language teacher.
- How do I know if the English I am presenting to my students in the classroom is ‘correct’ English?
- Is this the English that native speakers are actually using, or something that is preserved in an out-of-date textbook?
- Do the ‘rules’ I learnt at school and university still hold true?
- And given that most English is now used in interactions between non-native speakers, what standards apply?
These are all questions that this course will address.
This NILE Online course will cover the following areas:
- Gaining familiarity with the technology used
- Looking at a wide range of print and online media, television and radio
- The language used to discuss and describe a current affairs story
- Looking at text-speak, synchronous chat, the language of emails, Facebook and Twitter
- Reading a text related to the topic (e.g. a review or report) and analysing the language used in it
- Considering changing professional roles and the language used to describe them
- Considering the questions of standards in global English
- Looking at how English has become a global language
This course will extend the participant’s understanding and critical awareness of:
- Some general ideas of what constitutes contemporary English
- A number of different language corpora, and how these can be useful tools for the teacher and the student
- The processes involved in word formation and coinage
- The concept of a grammar of spoken English (including vague language, ellipsis, backchannels)
- The cultural and intercultural aspects of their topic, their role in social change and popular culture and the language generated by this
- A list of lexical items relating to the world of work and particular professional spheres
- A list of lexical items relating to loan words
- The English ‘language landscape’ of their own environment
At NILE we are committed to offering the best in language teacher training. As such, we provide tutorial contact in our online courses as well as in our campus courses. Online participants will receive allocated tutor interaction and feedback in each unit they take.
Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.