INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLINGUISTICS - 2022/3
Module code: LIN2005
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
This module is taught in English in semester 2 of FHEQ Level 5
School of Literature and Languages
BOND Oliver (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: Q140
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 95
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 22
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
• Language variation and change;
• Language as a social marker;
• Dialects and nation;
• Power and politeness.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Ability to analyse and interpret texts;
Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;
Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;
Subject-specific knowledge of sociolinguistics.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Written assignment of 1500 words (to be submitted after week 8).
Two hour exam.
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.
Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.
Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.
- To examine language as a social phenomenon, promoting the students' awareness of socio-cultural issues in different languages.
|1||Have acquired the basic vocabulary needed to describe and discuss sociolinguistic issues;||KC|
|2||Have gained awareness of general sociolinguistic concepts;||KC|
|3||Be able to analyse texts using sociolinguistic tools.||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading;
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;
Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the written assignment;
Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.
Develop communication skills through interactions in class;
Acquire a broad knowledge of sociolinguistic theory and practice.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Three contact hours per week over Semester 2.
Classes will include lectures and seminars.
students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management and French BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Modern Languages (French with German) BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Modern Languages (Spanish with German) BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management and Spanish BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.