Language has a profound influence on our way of thinking, seeing and interpreting the world around us. It is a persuasive tool and is used as an instrument of power by governments and large organisations. This course examines a wide variety of versions of English and their social, cultural and historical contexts. You will explore the international role of English as a global phenomenon. With its emphasis on real language in use, the course examines the relationship between language and society through the analysis of contemporary materials such as news texts. You will be taught by academics who are actively engaged in research and have published in their specialist fields. Tutors are members of Linguistics organisations including The British Association for Applied Linguistics and the International Society of World Englishes. They also belong to a thriving research group on popular culture.