Semester 1 - On Campus
Semester 1 - Online
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In this subject, students will gain a systematic understanding of the relation between language and society and culture and its implications for language learning and teaching. The main topics covered include: Social, regional and stylistic variation and their consequences for the learning and teaching of English and other second languages; bi-multilingualism and diglossia; language, attitudes and identity; language policy, especially languages-in-education policy; cultural values in communication; and multi-modal communication, both online and non-verbal interactions.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand and be able to identify the ways in which sociocultural factors influence language;
- be able to appreciate the role of language in different types of societies;
- be able to reflect on the implications of this for the learning and teaching of second languages;
- be familiar with the main methods of sociolinguistic research;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically; and
- be able to form judgements from conflicting evidence.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed skills in critical thinking and analysis, through recommended reading, essay writing and seminar discussion;
- have developed skills in communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically, through essay writing and seminar participation;
- have developed skills in research, through competent use of the library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research.
Last updated: 24 February 2021