660 Sociolinguistics & Second Languages

Theoretical and practical aspects of language, culture, society and TESOL. Pre: 600.

This course covers basic concepts and issues in sociolinguistics, broadly defined, with a substantial focus on second language learning and teaching. Perspectives include the sociology of language, the ethnography of communication, interactional and variational sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and discourse and conversational analysis. Course activities include substantial reading and discussion, small-scale fieldwork exercises, and a research paper consisting of a literature review and a design for an empirical study.