Postgraduate Course: Issues in Applied Linguistics (LASC11028)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores the key ongoing debates in current applied linguistics.
This course examines some of the key ongoing debates in current applied linguistics, focussing on what languages are, what it is to know and learn a language, the 'native speaker', globalisation and the spread of English, the politics of language and identity, what 'cultures' are in relation to language, superdiversity and translanguaging.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formative feedback assessment in preparation for research paper (10%)
1500-word research paper (40%)
||One entire course session is devoted to methodology and feed-forward for the assessment. Following this, students submit an outline of their assessment project, on which they receive feedback from the instructor, and an additional session is arranged for students to give peer feedback.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Issues in Applied Linguistics exam||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- know the key literature relating to language within the broad context of applied linguistics, education and society
- explain key concepts, methods and theories in contemporary work in these areas
- apply these concepts, methods and theories in original research on apposite issues, in a way that sheds critical light back upon the concepts, methods and theories themselves
- understand the connections among language choice, standard language and national identity
- analyse the current situation regarding the global spread of English and new media, and their impact on education and the study of other modern languages
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students are also expected to acquire or sharpen the following transferable skills:
- Engage in autonomous thinking and analysis.
- Critically appraise material they have studied.
- Develop their research skills, in terms both of access to existing information and conducting original observation.
- Improve their expository writing skills.
- Become familiar with modes of analysis from other areas of the humanities and social sciences that are widely used in present-day applied linguistics
|Keywords||language,identity,politics of language,linguistic imperialism,language teaching and learning
|Course organiser||Prof John Joseph
Tel: (0131 6)50 3497
|Course secretary||Ms Sasha Wood