Sociolinguistics and Language Learning
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to the major topics in sociolinguisticsâ€”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.