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Approaches to Teaching the History of the English LanguagePedagogy in Practice$
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Mary Hayes and Allison Burkette

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190611040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190611040.001.0001

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From Old English to World Englishes

From Old English to World Englishes

(p.237) Chapter 19 From Old English to World Englishes
Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language

Benjamin A. Saltzman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the incorporation of World Englishes into a History of the English Language (HEL) course, addressing questions about how to grapple with the geographical and geopolitical planes along which World Englishes have grown. Other questions considered here include diachronic formation, cultural contexts, relationships with other languages, and effects of globalization on forms of English that are both related to and yet quite distinct from the model of Standard English that frequently orients the HEL course. Two possible strategies for incorporating World Englishes into an HEL course are suggested. One strategy consists of focused lectures on the external history, social and cultural influences, linguistic features, and so on, of just one or two World English varieties, which can be combined with a second strategy that involves handing the research and even some of the teaching over to the students.

Keywords:   History of the English Language, pedagogy, World Englishes, ethics of alterity, student-directed learning

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