Language in Society
Uncover how language use is influenced by different socio-cultural, geographical, political and contextual factors. Work towards understanding the contribution that socio-linguistic theories have made to language learning and teaching
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- 31 Aug 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- review the various socio-linguistic theories and how these relate to lived social reality
- identify the complexities and ambiguities surrounding key socio-linguistic concepts
- critique different socio-linguistic perspectives on language, language use and language learning
- examine a socio-linguistic topic of personal or professional interest
- infer and explain the contribution that socio-linguistic theories have made to language learning and teaching.
- 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
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
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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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- Take home exam (40%)
- Investigation (60%)
What is Sociolinguistics?, 2nd ed.
Van Herk, G.