Global Issues

Sociolinguistics and Language Learning
Weatherford 研究室

The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to the major topics in sociolinguistics—the study of the relationship between language and society. We will cover a wide variety of topics in the field of sociolinguistics, which may include: regional and social language variation; language and identity, power, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and social contexts; language attitudes, language contact, and multilingualism.


In the first year, students will gain an understanding of the field of sociolinguistics and become familiar with sociolinguistic theory and methods. Students will also learn about field methods, data gathering, and analysis. In addition, students will learn how to apply sociolinguistic concepts to critical approaches to language teaching.

Students will submit a proposal for their graduation theses at the beginning of the second semester and begin writing the first chapter. They will complete their theses during the fourth year.

  • Presentation

    Using Popular Music to Motivate University EFL Students
    Presentation at the 17th Annual CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching

  • 科学研究費 挑戦的萌芽研究

    『新しい多言語学習環境の構築 -英語による中国語学習、中国語による英語学習-』(2015〜2017年)

  • Article

    Extensive Reading for Increased Reading Speed and Comprehension
    In The 38th Thailand TESOL International Conference Proceedings 2018

  • Article

    An Evaluation of Progress Measurement Options for ER Programs
    in Proceedings of the Third World Congress on Extensive Reading

  • Article

    Student Assessment Preferences in an ER Program
    in JALT2014 Conference Proceedings