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  • Locations: amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

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Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Modern Languages & Linguistics Program Type: UMBC Faculty-led Program
Housing Options: Hotel GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Faculty Leader: Dr. Christine Mallinson Estimated Cost of Attendance: $5,001-$8,000
Program Description:
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Course Overview:
MLL 324 or LLC 750: World Language Issues (3 credits): This course explores how the English language developed over time and came to its current position of global usage. The class examines how, historically, English has been influenced by other languages and, more recently, how it has influenced other languages globally. It explores the pluralization of English into Englishes—its development from one imperial language into various nativized varieties of English around the world. As such, this course emphasizes the historical, political, and ideological issues of globalization, nativization, post-colonialism, and standardization.
The Country:
Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands, which is the country’s cultural center and a city of historical and political significance. Amsterdam is an ideal site for the study of English as a global language as it has a great deal of linguistic diversity. Amsterdam provides an ideal case study of how the processes of language, literacy, and culture emerge to create a multilingual state where English has become dominant. Students will travel to other cities and areas within the Netherlands, including Utrecht, The Hague, and Friesland, and will also take a two-day trip to the multilingual country of Belgium, visiting the cities of Antwerp and Ghent.
Faculty Overview: 
Dr. Christine Mallinson is an associate professor in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program (LLC) at UMBC, and has been on the faculty since 2006. Her research expertise centers on the social and cultural factors that contribute to variation and change within the English language; she also has extensive knowledge of German and French, as well as familiarity with Dutch, Italian, and other languages. As an undergraduate student she studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany, and France. In addition, she has traveled throughout Europe as well as parts of Asia and Central America. She also lived in Amsterdam, learning the city in depth as well as other sites within the Netherlands.
Tentative Itinerary:
Itinerary Subject to Change
Sunday, July 1, 2018 Arrival in Amsterdam; Orientation.
Monday, July 2, 2018 Lecture and discussion; Multilingual canal cruise.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Lecture and discussion.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Lecture and discussion; Museum visits.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 Day trip to Friesland; Tour of a bilingual Dutch/Frisian school. 
Friday, July 6, 2018 Lecture and discussion; Museum visits.
Saturday, July 7, 2018 Day 1 of 2-day trip to Belgium; travel to Antwerp; museum visits and walking tour.
Sunday, July 8, 2018 Day 2 of 2-day trip to Belgium; travel to Ghent; museum visits and walking tour.
Monday, July 9, 2018 Day trip to The Hague; Tour of Peace Palace and UN International Court of Justice.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Day trip to Utrecht; Museum visits and walking tour. 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Student presentations and discussion.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 Faculty guest lecture; Student presentations and discussion.
Friday, July 13, 2018 Lecture and discussion; Group farewell dinner.
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Departures.

Cost overview: 
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