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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Language variety - World Englishes
    • Language style - genre, register, politeness, face
    • Language contact - codeswitching, code-meshing, diglossia and trans-languaging
    • Language contact - pidgins and creoles
    • Ethnicity, identity and language
    • Language and change - adolescent speech, computer-mediated communication
    • Language and gender
    • Language planning, policy and teaching - intercultural (transcultural) competence and citizenship
    • School as a socio-linguistic community
    • Language and power/social status - attitudes to language
    • Critical discourse studies
    • Language and thought - media and propaganda
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. review the various socio-linguistic theories and how these relate to lived social reality
  2. identify the complexities and ambiguities surrounding key socio-linguistic concepts
  3. critique different socio-linguistic perspectives on language, language use and language learning
  4. examine a socio-linguistic topic of personal or professional interest
  5. infer and explain the contribution that socio-linguistic theories have made to language learning and teaching.
  • Assignment 1 - Short Answer Responses (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Investigation Review (60%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials

This subject examines how language use is influenced by different socio-cultural, geographical, political and contextual factors. It examines the contribution of socio-linguistic theories to approaches to language teaching and learning.

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