English Language in a Global Context

English has become a global language, with status as an official language in 88 countries, close to half a billion native speakers, and over a billion people learning English as a second

 or foreign language. This new track in English Language in a Global Context (Engl-Global) allows students to explore the English language from social, historical, and linguistic perspectives while also gaining practical knowledge and skills in teaching English as a second language.


  • ESL Instructor in International Contexts: Credentials for domestic students who want to teach English abroad, and for international students who want to teach English in their home country. Please note that this program does not offer any teaching licensure. However, licensure is often not required for international teaching positions.
  • International Media/Business: English language credentials for jobs in international business, mass media, journalism, science, or the non-profit sector.
  • Professor/Academic Professional: Strong background for applying to master’s and PhD programs in Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, English Education, Bilingual Education, Linguistics, or Second Language Studies, leading to a career in higher education. 

Points of Pride

  • Integrated Curriculum: Our integrated curriculum in theoretical and applied linguistics combines courses in English language and linguistics with courses in Teaching English as a Second Language, taking advantage of Purdue’s strong international reputation in Linguistics and Second Language Studies/ESL at the graduate level.
  • Foundation in Structure, History, and Social Contexts of Language: Courses in English language and linguistics introduce many areas of language study including language structure (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), language history, language variation, and social identity. Students learn about the role of English in different societies around the world.
  • Practical Training in Teaching English as a Second Language: Courses in Teaching English as a Second Language introduce students to theories of second language acquisition while also providing practical training in language teaching and curriculum design. These courses are offered in partnership with Purdue graduate programs in Second Language Studies/ESL, Teaching English Language Learners, and Applied Linguistics.
  • Internship Opportunity: In their final year, students participate in an internship working with English Language Learners to advance their English proficiency. The primary partner for this service learning opportunity will be the Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE)—an ESL support program for international undergraduates at Purdue. A study abroad option for this internship is also under development.

Plan of Study

2018-19 English, BA Plan of Study

2018-19 English Language in a Global Context Concentration Plan of Study

2017-18 Plan of Study

Department of English

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