Four-fifths of the world's English speakers are not native speakers of English. In such a world, is it possible to communicate truly with knowledge of the American language and culture alone?
My seminar in World Englishes studies the varieties of English used around the world, not only in native speaking countries such as Canada, England, Great Britain and New Zealand, but also in countries where it is used as a second language, such as Singapore, India and the Philippines, and as an international language as in China, France, Tanzania and most other places in the world. We discuss both their linguistic characteristics (accent, vocabulary and grammar) and their histories, cultures, and stereotypes, as they are inseparable. English education practices and usage are also reviewed.