ARTSC105-23B (NET)

Language in Context

15 Points

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General and Applied Linguistics

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What this paper is about

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Language in Context is an essential paper for students of a broad range of disciplines where language and communication are a focus. Using the tools of sociolinguistic analysis, we examine how human language reflects our histories, our social selves, and our immediate physical contexts. We observe how language is used to reinvent and to reinforce social positioning, to create and to replicate both real and virtual identities. A heightened awareness of the multi-functionality of language, whether spoken, sung, written or texted, enhances our understanding of self and allows us to be more effective communicators.

Paper Description

This paper examines the way in which language is used as an expression of a speaker's culture and social group, and considers how language varies according to social context. Through the rich disciplinary context of sociolinguistics, students are initiated into participation in the tertiary environment, with an emphasis on developing academic research and writing strategies.

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How this paper will be taught

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This paper is taught online. Students will access learning materials each week from Moodle. New learning materials will be released each Monday and students are expected to access the materials and complete all learning activities before the next Monday. Students will attend one workshop per week, either face-to-face or by Zoom. In workshops, students will discuss learning activities from the previous week, and develop responses to assessment.

Students will attend one face-to-face workshop per week with the lecturer/tutor. Workshops will be offered on campus or via Zoom for students who are studying remotely. Workshops start in the week beginning Monday 10th July (the first week of teaching). The first workshop will introduce students to the learning experience offered in ARTSC105.

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Required Readings

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A textbook for this course is available electronically through the University of Waikato library and through the ARTSC105 Reading List. You can purchase a hard copy if you prefer:

An introduction to sociolinguistics. (5th ed., published in 2017) by Janet Holmes and Nick Wilson. Earlier editions are also suitable, particularly the 2013 edition.

Further course readings are available from the Waikato Reading List for this paper.

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Recommended Readings

Further course readings are available from the Waikato Reading List for this paper.

Other Resources

Other linguistics resources

Crystal, D. (2003). A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Available at the library (P29.C89 Quick Reference, Level 2), or online http://site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.waikato.ac.nz/lib/waikato/docDetail.action?docID=10278474

Trask, R. L. (1997). A student’s dictionary of language and linguistics. London: Arnold. Available at the library (P29.T73).

Useful online English dictionary and thesaurus:
http://www.oxfordreference.com

Online Support

This course is delivered through a combination of online content available from Moodle, and face-to-face (or Zoom) workshops.

Workload
  • The workload for this course amounts to one quarter of a full-time student’s working time (approx. 10 hours per week). This typically comprises:
  • Completing weekly workbooks (up to 3 hours per week);
  • Attendance at one weekly workshop (1 hour);
  • Completing the readings from the text book and other reading as advised and needed to understand course content (approximately 2 hours);
  • Assessment preparation (as many hours as needed).
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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: LING132, COMMS101

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Apply a number of different frameworks and tolls to analyse language in context, including autoethnographic analysis, visual semiotics and discourse analysis of image/text advertisement

    Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

    • Think Critically about Language Use

      identify and critically evaluate assumptions that are commonly held about the way that people communicate in context, both in regards to their own language use, and the strategies used by speakers from other societies and cultures

    • Consider Social & Contextual Factors

      identify and interpret the role of social and contextual factors in language production

    • Analyse Language in Context

      apply a number of different frameworks and tools to analyse language in context, including the autoethnographic analysis of linguistic communication, a visual semiotics and discourse analysis of an image/text advertisement, and the ethnography of communication framework

    • Develop Research Skills

      locate and access information relevant to the course from a variety of sources and platforms, and for specific purposes

    • Access information from Academic Readings

      read academic texts effectively, including as appropriate the ability to read a single source closely, and to synthesise information from multiple sources and cite this using a specified referencing system

    • Access and Interpret Quantitative Information

      read and interpret basic graphs and tables presenting quantitative sociolinguistic data, and understand the limitations of such data

    • Communicate effectively in Written English

      produce a variety of traditional written forms, from guided note-taking in classes, to auto-ethnographic accounts to formal academic writing of varying lengths using appropriate technical vocabulary

    • Communicate effectively in Spoken English,

      actively participate in group learning and develop of collaborative responses which are presented to peers.

    • Develop Academic Integrity

      apply critical analysis skills to support their developing academic integrity towards becoming responsible researchers.

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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Quiz A
21 Jul 2023
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Quiz B
4 Aug 2023
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 1: Language histories
11 Aug 2023
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Quiz C
18 Aug 2023
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Quiz D
15 Sep 2023
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Assignment 2: Language at work
22 Sep 2023
4:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Quiz E
29 Sep 2023
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Quiz F
13 Oct 2023
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
9. Assignment 3: The social self
24 Oct 2023
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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