Course outline_ENG602_Sociolinguistics

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Title:                    Sociolinguistics

Course code:       ENG602

No. of credits:      3 credits

 

1. COURSE OVERVIEW

The course explores many aspects of society, including cultural norms, expectations, and

context, on the way language is used. It also studies how language varieties differ between groups separated by certain social variables, e.g., ethnicity, religion, status, gender, level of education, age, etc., and how creation and adherence to these rules is used to categorize individuals in social or socioeconomic classes. The study is useful for applied linguists as it promotes sociocultural competence, the recently added component to the five facilities which the discourse community often discusses, including linguistic, strategic, discourse, intercultural and socio-cultural competences. Through reflecting upon many intercultural issues and taking part in sociocultural awareness activities, by the end of the course you should have gained a better understanding of what it takes to become a better socio-cultural communicator and a better analyst of social interactions. The relevance of the course in language education is that besides training yourselves to become a socioculturally open-minded communicator it also guides you in helping your students to become one by developing social skills tasks for them in the classroom.

2. COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • The course provides knowledge of the related disciplines of sociolinguistics and knowledge of language variations. This help raise the  students’ awareness of the multidimensional world they live in and become a better socio-cultural communicator and a better analyst of social interactions
  • The course develop social skills that enables students to practice teaching in various educational contexts
  • The course provides students with the opportunity, based on the knowledge discussed, to reflect on their own social communication experiences and to be able develop social awareness activities for their future teaching related to communication skills

3. TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics: Related disciplines
  • Introduction to sociolinguistics: Language variations
  • Strategies in effective conversation
  • Charisma
  • Politeness
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Humour and creative speech
  • Euphemism, metaphor and persuasive language
  • Global English

4. MATERIALS

4.1. Required textbooks

  • Holmes, J. and Wilson, N. (2017). An introduction to sociolinguistics. Routledge: NY
  • McKay, S. L. And Hornberger, N. H. (2010). Linguistics and language education. Short Run Press: GB

4.2. Reference materials

  • Mallison, C. (2015). Sociolinguistics. https://oxfordre.com/linguistics/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.001.0001/acrefore-9780199384655-e-22
  • Jandt, F. E. (2001) “Identity and Subgroups” in Intercultural Communication – An Introduction. Third Edition. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publication, Inc.: 432-460.
  • Orbe, M. P. and Harris, T. M. (2001) “Race/Ethnicity, Interracial Communication, and the Mass Media” in Interracial Communication – Theory into Practice. Australia: Wadsworth: 235-262.
  • Matsumoto, D. (2000) “Culture and Emotion” in Culture and Psychology – People around the World. Australia: Wadsworth: 271-294.
  • Matsumoto, D. (2000) “Culture and Emotion” in Culture and Psychology – People around the World. Australia: Wadsworth: 385-402

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1     Midterm (30%)

  • Individual presentation

5.2     Final (70%)

  • Final project (written report)

6. STUDENT WORKLOAD

  • Directed study:               45 periods
  • Independent Study:        135 periods

 
 
 
 
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