World Englishes Argument

Directions: Choose a position on World Englishes and support it using course readings and your personal experience as evidence.

STEP 1: Choose one of the following questions to write about

  • Do you believe native speakers are the best English teachers?
  • Do you believe that the spread of English around the world is positive or negative?
  • Do you believe that English learners should be taught different varieties of English?
  • Who does English belong to? Who has the right to decide what is “correct” English?

STEP 2: Take a position

Answer one of the questions above. Your answer will be the thesis that you argue throughout your paper. Your thesis should clearly indicate your opinion about the issue.

STEP 3: Find support

Consider your reasons (points) for taking this position. The majority of your paper will answer this question: Why do you support this position? Support for your thesis should come from both:

  1. Course readings
    1. Unit 2: Rohde, Graddol, Kachru, Sung, Fussell, Crystal video
    2. (OPTIONAL) Unit 1: Blommaert, Morgan, Thomas
  2. Your personal experiences learning and using English (be specific and detailed here)

STEP 4: Organize Put it all together. Organize your reasons and examples into paragraphs that support your thesis. Your World Englishes Argument will look like a “traditional essay” with an introduction and conclusion, as well as body paragraphs with PIE structure.


1000-1250 words, 4-5 pages

This paper will combine SUMMARY and OPINION. You will present your own argument (opinion), but you will support it with the words of experts and stories from your own life (summary).

Don’t have a strong opinion about one of the questions? That’s OK! You can change the wording of your arguments to change their strength.

  • Consider these examples:

It is absolutely essential that all English learners must be taught English variations.


It might be helpful if English learners were introduced to English variations.

Not sure which experiences from your own life to use?

  • Think about
    • Your experience at home learning English
    • Your instructors: Were they native English speakers?
    • Your experience since you’ve been in the US
  • Consider memorable events or incidents in your life
    • Specific, detailed stories are usually more convincing to the reader than general descriptions

First-person pronouns are OK!

  • You must include some of your own personal experiences in this paper, so it’s fine to use first-person pronouns (I, me, we, etc.) when doing so.

Think of what an “opponent” might say in response to your opinions!

  • Try to find examples from your own experiences and the readings to address those opposing opinions.


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