Students will develop an understanding for Sociolinguistics and be able to use principles of ethnography for classroom needs assessment. The course is taught in collaborative teams; at various stages, students are responsible for readings, lectures, and teaching their peers. Sociolinguistics begins with an overview of “classic” Sociolinguistics (e.g., language and dialect, pidgins and creoles, diglossia and multilingualism, social stratification, language and gender, language change, mainenance and death, etc.). Following that, the course focuses on ethnography (participant observation, domains and semantic relationships, multiculturalism in the classroom, the ethnographic interview, etc.), and in particular, the application of ethnographic observation principles to second language teaching.
Note: MA TESOL course