Sociolinguistics

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociolinguistics

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    WP 1010 LE Introduction to Academic Writing
    WP1111 LE Integrated Academic Writing and Ethics
    EN 2216 Introduction to Language

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Introduction to the study of language as a social phenomenon. Students are expected to read a selection of articles and contribute to class discussions in which they will be encouraged to make comparisons to their own language backgrounds.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course will provide students with insight into the social functions of language and into the ways in which language is used to convey social meaning.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Identify different linguistic varieties.
    2. Identify male/female speech differences.
    3. Examine linguistic politeness in different cultures.
    4. Understand principles of linguistic varieties and linguistic choice in multilingual communities.
    5. Explain mechanisms of language change.
    6. Develop their discipline-related research skills in preparation for the requirements of Level 6.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Lectures, class discussions, workshop-style pair work and group work during class meetings;
    • Formative exercises and online learning tasks through the Blackboard online tools designed to help students acquire confidence and benefit from independent study;
    • Additional print and audiovisual educational material posted on the Blackboard course template;
    • Timely instructor feedback on assignments;
    • Other relevant educational material placed on reserve in the library;
    • Individualized assistance during office hours for further discussion of lecture material, additional reading, assignments and examinations;
    • Close collaboration with the Library and SASS to encourage students’ effective use of academic support services.