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124641 VO BEd 04.1: Language in a Social Context (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik


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Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture forms the second part of a one-year introductory programme that aims at providing first-year students of Lehramt Englisch with an overview of the major areas of linguistic knowledge and its relevance for language teaching. It will complement the topics discussed in the course Introduction to English Linguistics and start off with phonetics and phonology. We will then consider how language varies in relation to different social and geographical factors (sociolinguistics). We examine how language functions in communication and how humans use language to create meaning in interaction (pragmatics, discourse analysis). Furthermore, we describe aspects of children acquiring their first language and how further languages are learnt at later stages in life and in different contexts (second language acquisition).
Students will be familiar with the basic principles of phonetics & phonology, sociolinguistics, pragmatics & discourse analysis, first & second language acquisition. They will be able to apply their knowledge to English texts. Students will be able to read and write English in phonemic transcription (IPA).

Assessment and permitted materials

Written examination (multiple-choice / MC questions, application & open questions, phonemic transcription).
The exam sittings will take place on-site (i.e. we'll have "Präsenzprüfungen").
These are the planned dates for the 4 exam sittings ('Prüfungstermine'):
1st: Tue, July 6, 2021; C1 and AudiMax (ZfT), starting at 8:30 a.m.
2nd: Tue, Sept 28, 2021; between 8-11 o'clock (most likely starting at 8:30 a.m.)
3rd: Fri, Nov. 26, 2021; between 8-11 o'clock (most likely starting at 8 a.m.)
4th: Fri, Feb. 4, 2022; between 5 and 8 p.m. (most likely starting at 3:15 p.m.)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum for pass grade: 60%
1: 90-100%
2: 80-89%
3: 70-79%
4: 60-69%
5: 0-59%

Examination topics

All topics mentioned in the above course description.
Lightbown & Spada: chapters 1-4.
Plag et al: chapters 1, 2, 6 & 7.3.
Lecture slides
additional readings on Moodle

Reading list

Lightbown, Patsy M. & Nina Spada. 2013. How languages are learned. (4th edition) Oxford: Oxford Unversity Press. (3rd edition also acceptable).
Plag, Ingo, Maria Braun, Sabine Lappe & Mareile Schramm. 2015 (or 2009). Introduction to English Linguistics. 3rd (or 2nd) rev. ed. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (available as e-book via library).

Association in the course directory

Studium: BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BEd 04.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-4641

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