The University of Bahrain
2015-2016 (First Semester)
Course Teacher: Dr Lamya Alkooheji
Office Hours: MW 9:30-10:30 in Isa Town Library or by appointment
Aims of the Course
The course aims to equip students with the critical understanding of
various sociolinguistic concepts and variables, including accent, dialect, variety, speech event, communicative competence, speech community, pidgins, creoles, identity, culture, gender, etc.
a range of theories about the ways in which language variation and language choice are believed to signal the social identity of speakers and their social relationships.
a range of theories about the ways in which language variation and language choice are believed to reflect and create social context.
The course also aims to train students to apply the learned concepts and demonstrate their understanding of major sociolinguistic theories through carrying out sociolinguistic research and presenting their findings in (1) a written form (project) and (2) an oral form (presentation)
Selected articles and materials presented in the form of handouts and other interactive/digital formats (video, power point presentations, online reading and research etc.).
Midterm (OR 2 short tests)* 20%
Presenting an article 10%
Assignment & Presentation 30% (20 & 10)- PS: Since Article presentations took too much time, I will only grade your written presentation. I will ask each student one or two questions about the projects to check that he or she did it by himself or herself and knows the content well.
Final Exam 40 %
Course Coverage (weeks exclude vacation weeks)
Week 1 Chapter 1: What do sociolinguists study
Weeks 2 & 3: Chapter 2: Language choices in multilingual communities
Week 4: Chapter 3: Language maintanace and shift
Week 6: Midterm(s), articles distributed for student predentations
Week 7: Handout: Language and Culture
Week 8 & 9: Assigning research topics. Guidelines to academic research
Weeks 10 and 11: students' article presentations (every 3 students one presentation)
Week 12: Handout: Language and Identity
Week 13: Handout: Pidginisation and Creolisation
Weeks 14: Handout: Language and Power