Englishes MOOC

by Nicoline van Harskamp

This art project takes the form of a massive open online course or Mooc. Its subject is the variety of Englishes used as a medium of expression, mediation and education in art worlds around the globe. Its aim is to emancipate speakers of English from having to measure their language along a native-like standards in the international realm. English as an artistic medium can be shaped and reinvented according to the needs of its users. The Englishes Mooc wants to raise historical and theoretical awareness and to help develop practical skills towards making new varieties emerge.

Subject areas are phonetics and intonation; history of English in relation to link-, creole- and pidgin languages; history of constructed languages; professional languages and jargons.

Expected launch and first worldwide teaching cycle: March-April 2019.

Realised in cooperation with the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and with a financial contribution from the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.


englishes.mooc@gmail.com for more information or an early sign-up!

Image: Nicoline van Harskamp - phonetics class white board, 2017