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Welcome to Sociolinguistics! This course focuses on the study of language and society, language and social classes, language variety, and language within social groups. Specifically, learners will be exposed to situational contexts, gender, social interaction register and style all having to do with language. At the same time, students will become familiar with varieties of the English language y population from a macro and micro-linguistic perspective.


Evidence of Understanding

  • Course activities/discussions 10%
  • Midterm 30%
  • Final 30%
  • Sociolinguistic Project 30%

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Learning Progression

  • Unit I: Distinguish between the roles both society and speakers in particular play in selecting the variety of language to use within different communities.
  • Unit II: Distinguish between the inherent varieties of language and how language changes over time.
  • Unit III: Understand how language relates to culture, being polite, and conversation.
  • Unit IV: Understand the variations related to gender and the disadvantaged.


Dynamic lectures will allow for a student-centered approach to building critical reading and reflective skills involving individual, pair work, small group, and whole group interaction. The instructor will facilitate lively interaction around course content and practical activities that allow learners to understand discourse analysis from both a learner and language educator perspective.




Wardhaugh, R. (2009). An introduction to sociolinguistics. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Additional Reading

Holmes, J. (2008). An introduction to sociolinguistics. England: Pearson.