Situating world Englishes into a history of English course

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This chapter will address the teaching of “post-colonial Englishes,” focusing on the sociopolitical and cultural conditions that enabled changes in English as it was used during, and after, the colonial encounter. To capture the complexity of linguistic hybridities associated with plural identities, our disciplinary discourses of the global use and acquisition of English must (i) liberate the field of World Englishes from the orthodoxies of the past and instead connect it to a more general theory of the sociolinguistics of globalization, and, especially (ii) bring into focus local forms shaped by the local logics of practice. This chapter discusses specific examples of the practice of creativity in grammar, discourse, and sociolinguistic use of World English varieties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationApproaches to Teaching the History of the English Language
Subtitle of host publicationPedagogy in Practice
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780190611040
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • History of the English language
  • Hybridity
  • Linguistic creativity
  • Pedagogy
  • World englishes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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