Faculty of Arts


Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching

Please note: this is archived course information from 2017 for LANGTCHG 749.


This course introduces students to concepts relating to sociolinguistics which are relevant to the learning and teaching of foreign languages. These include social and regional dialects, perceived differences in the market status of particular languages and dialects in educational and professional settings, the maintenance of migrant languages and issues relating to power and status in communication.

In discussing course topics and readings, students are expected to draw on their experience learning and teaching languages in different cultural contexts. While course readings may often refer to the teaching of English, this course is relevant to the teaching of any language and students are encouraged to discuss the particular language they teach in assignments.

It is not unusual that students on this course teach multiple languages throughout their teaching careers. As researchers in applied linguistics frequently need to consider how factors such as power relations, ethnolinguistic identity and intercultural differences may impact the research process, this course also examines issues we need to be alert to when undertaking a research project in applied linguistics or when critically reading published research.

This course is offered online. Many students on the course are practising language teachers located in a variety of countries worldwide. Students have the opportunity to learn about cultural differences in different teaching contexts through regular online interaction with peers. All course materials will be available online without charge.

In Semester One LANGTCHG 749 will be available only via online delivery.

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Availability 2017

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Louisa Buckingham


LANGTCHG 749: 15.0 points



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