edu5sgt sociolinguistics




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students explore some of the ways in which language is used. The emphasis is on understanding and describing how people actually make use of language and how this impacts on communication, particularly between native speakers and learners of a language and their settings. Theoretical and practical issues in the investigation of authentic language use are considered, and the practical implications for teachers, language curriculum developers and others involved in interactions 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
ReadingsMaking sense of people and place in linguistic landscapesRecommendedPeck, Stroud and Williams, 2018Bloomsbury

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. An informed understanding of the nature of social categories

Students will explore and question the complex nature of sociolinguistic categories (including age, gender, social class, ethnicity, culture, place).

02. A developed awareness of how to analyse, question and apply current sociolinguistic thinking to novel settings

Students will explore and question how established theories of Language & Power, Language & Style, Language and Gendered Identities, Language and Ethnicity can be used to inform an understanding of linguistic landscapes and how these are viewed by individuals from diverse backgrounds.

03. A demonstrated ability to articulate a research-based view of why and how to support educational decision making

Students will engage in regular class discussions which focus on the implications of sociolinguistic theory and practice in classrooms, schools and broader social communities. This will be 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, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDonna Starks

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 11 - 19
Six 5.0 hours lecture/workshop other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 19 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 6000-word research reportStudents will self design a project on linguistic landscapes based on their own particular theoretical interests in sociolinguistics6001, 02, 03
one assignment (4000-words equivalent)Students will self design a project based on their own prior experiences within an educational setting4001, 02, 03