English is one of the widely spoken languages in the world. Many colleges around the world offer it as a degree program, the famous one being English literature. Students who take English as a second language may find it difficult but with dedication, they usually manage to graduate as English teachers and scholars successfully. As an English student in college, you have to research various topics. You have to come up with research topics. In this article, I have briefly discussed some research paper topics for college English class that you can discuss.
Challenges of learning English as an ESL (English as a Second Language)
It can be an interesting research topic if you are learning English as a second language. You can talk about how hard it is to learn English as a second language in countries that don’t speak English as the main language. You can discuss the challenges they face because these countries don’t speak English as their native language. You can discuss some of these challenges:
- Unqualified teachers
- Limited learning environment
- Many serious don’t take the English language with the seriousness it deserves
- Over-dependence on the teachers
- Use of mother tongue language in the classroom
Gender controversies in modern English
You can discuss the challenges of using the correct nouns and pronouns where the gender is not clear. You can talk about the relationship between how gender has changed and the increasing role of women in the English language. Solutions to gender-neutral pronouns. You can discuss sexism and gender bias in the English language. You can also discuss the origin of gender bias in the English language. There also theories regarding gender in the English language.
The contribution of William Shakespeare to English literature
You can talk about William Shakespeare and his contributions to the English language as a whole. He managed to add about 1700 words to the English language. How he did this by borrowing from other languages. How his plays have contributed to the modern English language. You can also talk about English sonnet, which he helped popularize because he was famous and had a lot of influence. You can talk about how he managed to make up his words and added them to the English language.
You can as well discuss another character that you love it is not a must you talk about William Shakespeare.
You can review the history of the English language. How it rose from West Germany. You can discuss how the Anglo-Saxon dialects got assimilated with the ones of the early British tribes. You can as well talk about the influence of the Romans. Discuss the differences and similarities between American and British English. Discuss how they came about and what differences came about as they tried to develop the language as a whole. You can as well talk about how English is closely related to German, Dutch, and Frisian.
How cross-culturalism has affected the English dialect
You can talk about how particular English dialects have developed like the Afro-American, American, Indian, Creole, Asian and Aboriginal. You can talk about how cross-translation has affected the English language as a whole. Translation of English language to other languages and vice versa. How it has changed depending on the dialect. You can talk about the factors that have led to changes in the dialect as English is translated into other languages for business or learning purposes.
There are so many research topics that you can discuss as a student, but I hope these few can help you at the moment.