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Sociolinguistics (Module)

Module description

This module aims to provide English Language Teaching professionals with an overview of the field of sociolinguistics, both micro- and macro-, along with an opportunity for the in-depth study of those areas within the field that have particular relevance to their professional lives. The module embraces both traditional variationist approaches to sociolinguistics and more recent socio-political approaches, and includes the following:

  • Key concepts and issues in sociolinguists

  • The difficulty in defining ‘standard’ English

  • The global spread of English

  • World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca and implications for ELT

  • Pidgin and Creole language

  • Language, thought and culture

  • Gendered language

  • Politeness theory

  • The role of sociolinguistics in ELT

  • Research ethics

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2020/21 academic year, it is subject to change for subsequent academic years.

Staff information

Dr Martin Dewey

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • 1 x 3,500 word assignment (100%)

Key information

Module code 7SSEE012

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module Yes