edu5sgt sociolinguistics




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students explore some of the ways in which language is actually used in context in different cultures. The emphasis is on understanding and describing how people actually make use of the language and how this impacts on communication and miscommunication, particularly between native speakers and learners of a language. Some of the theoretical and practical issues in the investigation of authentic language use are tackled and the practical implications for teachers, language curriculum developers and others involved in interactions with people from other cultures are explored.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDonna Starks

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsData Collection in Sociolinguistics:Methods and ApplicationsRecommendedMallinson,Childs & Van HerkROUTLEDGE 2013

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand the nature of language and its relationship to societies

Basic Sociolinguistic Categories

02. Understand the relationship between sociolinguistic views of language, teaching and learning

Language & Power, Language & Style; Language and Gendered Identities; Language and Ethnicity; Language and Language Policy; Language and Schools

03. Articulate a research-based view of why and how to support educational decision making and practice that positively engages with multiple linguistic communities and varieties

Regular class discussions on implications of sociolinguistic views on classrooms, schools and broader social communities followed by individual projects on issues of relevance to the student's own educational experience

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDonna Starks

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 10 - 22
Seven 4.5 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 4500-word research report6001, 02, 03
one assignment (3000-words equivalent)4001, 02, 03