BAEnglish Variants

Credit points: 5
Contact hours: 60
Type: Seminar Classes


Smiljana Komar, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • English language competences.
  • Learning about the theory of languages in contact.
  • Learning about various English accents and dialects.
  • Developing ability to understand speakers of various regional accents and dialects.
  • Comparing the sound systems of English and Slovene.
  • Developing ability to anticipate differences and errors in the pronunciation of Slovene speakers of English.


The course introduces the main differences between the standard British and the standard American English dialect (including the standard accents – RP and GA) on the one hand, and regional accents and dialects, especially on the territory of the United Kingdom. The terms ‘dialect’ and ‘accent’ are explained, followed by a detailed description of various accents in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Individual accents and dialects are illustrated through authentic audio recordings which enable students to become familiar not only with the phonological and phonetic, but also prosodic, lexical and grammatical characteristics of each regional accent or dialect. Accents in other countries where English is an official language (including regional variation in the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand, India and South Africa) are also briefly described. In view of the role of English as the global language of communication also pronunciation features of EFL speakers are included, with authentic illustrations from European countries, Africa, South America and Asia. Special attention is dedicated to the contact between English and Slovene and the analysis of the most typical pronunciation features of Slovene speakers of English.

Course Literature:

  • Hughes, A., Trudgill, P., Watt, D. 2005. English Accents and Dialects: An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of English in the British Isles. 4th ed. Oxford University Press. Number of pages: 142
  • Jenkins, J. 2000. The phonology of English as an international language: new models, new norms, new goals , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 266pp. (Oxford Applied Linguistics).
  • Swan, M., B. Smith (2001). Learner English. Cambridge: CUP
  • Wells, J. C. 1982. Accents of English 1-3: An Introduction, The British Isles, Beyond the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. Selected Chapters (6), pages 467-559


A written seminar paper (30%) and its oral presentation in the classroom (20%) during the semester and a final exam (50%). 

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.