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Program Name: Masters program: English as a World Language
Program Homepage:
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Address: Von-Melle-Park 6
City: Hamburg
Zip/Postal Code: 20146
Country: Germany
Contact Person: Peter Siemund, Prof. Dr.

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Phone: +49 40 42838 2708
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
General Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Other Program Specialties: English and General Linguistics
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: From October 2012, the University of Hamburg will be offering a new M.A. programme entitled ‘English as a World Language’. It represents a collaborative effort by a number of institutions, including the Department of English and the Department of Asian and African Studies, with the Department of English taking the main administrative responsibility.

The programme covers varieties of English around the world, from traditional English dialects to more recent post-colonial varieties and English-based pidgin and creole languages. In line with the areas of specialization of the different departments involved, emphasis is placed on English in Africa, India and Southeast Asia (in addition to the varieties “closer to home”).

The substantive interest of the programme derives from the fact that we are witnessing a major change in the status, function, and structure of many of the so-called New Englishes: they undergo a process of nativization during which English gradually shifts from a second to a first language. The approach adopted is both structural and sociolinguistic, so both language-internal and language-external factors will receive due attention.

As part of the syllabus, students are given the opportunity of independent study. A major asset of the programme is intensive tutoring of the students on an individual basis.

The programme will prepare MA students for a career in higher education, economy, diplomacy or cultural affairs.

Applicants are expected to have a first university degree in English language or a similar linguistic degree, as well as high proficiency in English and German. Classes taught at the Department of English are taught in English; others may be in German.

Further information can be found at

The programme starts in October. The annual deadline for applications is mid-July.
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