660 Fall 2009

Course description
This course introduces basic concepts, findings, issues and research methods in sociolinguistics as they relate to second and foreign language issues. Two questions we will revisit throughout the course are, 1) What is the role of regional and social variation in the teaching, learning, and use of second and foreign languages? and 2) How does our understanding of the social meanings produced in language inform language teaching, learning, and use? To begin to answer these questions, we will engage in extensive reading and discussions, class presentations, and two papers. Course readings and lectures will examine topics that are relevant to learning/teaching, such as the role of language policy in teaching and learning of languages, the relationship between identity and language learning, the process of language socialization, the role of power and privilege in language teaching/learning/use, the nature of linguistic variation in first/second language varieties, and the politics of teaching English as an international language. Through our examination of these topics, we will problematize key concepts used in much SLA research, including target language , standard language , native speaker , motivation , and language proficiency , and we will examine how these ideas relate to more contemporary concepts such as linguistic and social identity , competent language user , investment , appropriation , localization , and legitimacy .

Required Text:
1. Course Packet. Available at Professional Image, 2633 S. King St., 973-6599 (*note that many articles are posted to the UH portal site if available electronically, marked with @)

Schedule of readings and assignments
note: electronic copies on UH Portal are marked by @

Week 1 Aug 26 intro to course
Mckay, S. 2008. Sociolinguistics of language education. In N. Van Deusen-Scholl & N. Hornberger (eds.) Encyclopedia of Language and Education (pp. 17-27). Springer.
Week 2 Sept 2 Variation in English: Global and Local Models
    @Kirkpatrick, A. 2006. Which model of English: Native-speaker, nativized, or lingua franca? In R. Rubdy & M. Saraceni (eds) English in the World: Global rules, global roles (pp. 71-83). London: Continuum.
    @Tan, M. 2006. Authentic language or language errors? Lessons from a learner corpus. ELT Journal 59, 126-134.
    @Park, K. 2009. Characteristics of Korea English as a glocalized variety. In K. Murata & J. Jenkins (eds.) Global Englishes in Asian contexts (pp. 94-110). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Discussion leaders  Laurie, Cheryl, Minji, Na Young                        PUPUS: Michael

Week 3 Sept 9 Language variation and pedagogy in L2 contexts              
    Delpit, Lisa. 2003. No kinda sense. In L. Delpit & J. Dowdy (eds.) The skin that we speak: Thoughts on language and culture in the classroom (pp. 49-61). NY: The New Press.
Do You Speak American? & American Tongues
(excerpts) - videos in class
    Tomlinson, B. 2005. English as a foreign language: Matching procedures to the context of learning. In E. Hinkel (ed) Handbook of resesarch in second language teaching and learning (pp. 137-153).
    @Shin, H. & Crookes, G. 2005. Exploring the possibilities for EFL critical pedagogy in Korea - a two part case study. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies 2, 113-138.
Discussion leaders  Yuka, Na Young, Ying hu, Michael                      PUPUS: Jean Young

Week 4 Sept 16 Problems and transformative practices in S/HL education        
    Dicker, Susan J. 2000.   Official English and bilingual education: The controversy over language pluralism in U.S. society. In J. K. Hall & W. Eggington (eds .) The sociopolitics of English language teaching . Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
    Davis, Kathryn, Cho, Hye-Sun, Ishida, Midori, Soria, Julius, & Bazzi, Sarah. 2005."It's our Kuleana ": A critical participatory approach to language minority education. In Lucinda Pease-Alvarez and Sandra R. Schecter (eds.) Learning, Teaching, and Community (pp. 3-25). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
    @Helot, C. & Young, A. 2005. The notion of diversity in language education: Policy and practice level in France. Language Culture & Curriculum 18, 242-257.
Discussion leaders  Laurie, Jean Young, Leslie, Micah                       PUPUS: Ying Hu

Week 5 Sept 23 Deconstructing language policies and teaching practices    
    @Seargeant, P. 2008. Ideologies of English in Japan: The perspective of policy and pedagogy. Language Policy 7, 121-142.
    @O'Donnell, K. 2005. Japanese secondary English teachers: Negotiation of educational roles in teh face of curricular reform. Language, Culture & Curriculum 18, 300-315.
    Yim, S. 2007. Globalization and language policy in South Korea: In A. Tsui & J. Tollefson (eds) Language policy, culture and identity in Asian contexts (pp. 37-54). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Discussion leaders  Laurie, Cheryl, Sennei, Kuniki                          PUPUS: Min Ji

Week 6 Sept 30 Identity and Positioning in the L2        

Pavlenko, A., & Lantolf, J. 2000. Second language learning as participation in the (re)construction of selves. In J. Lantolf (ed.) Sociocultural theory and second language learning (pp. 155-177). Oxford: OUP.

    Kinginger, Celeste. 2004.   Alice doesn't live here anymore: Foreign language learning and identity reconstruction. In A. Pavlenko & A. Blackledge (eds.) Negotiation of identities in multilingual contexts (pp. 219-242). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
    @McKay, S., & Wong, S. 1996. Multiple discourses, multiple identities: Investment and agency in second-language learning among Chinese adolescent immigrant students. Harvard Educational Review 66, 577-608.
Discussion leaders  Michael, Leslie, Micah, Meredith                        PUPUS: Meredith

Week 7 Oct 7 Identity Options in L2 Contexts
 P1 Presentations Sennei, Na Young, Somnuek
    @ Lam, E., 2000. Second language literacy and the design of the self: A case study of a teenager writing on the internet. TESOL Quarterly, 34 (3) : 457-483.
    @Ohara, Y. (forthcoming) Identity theft or revealing one's true self? The media and construction of identity in Japanese as a foreign language. In C. Higgins (ed.) Negotiating the self in another language: Identity formation in a globalizing world. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Discussion leaders  Jean Young, Tim, Somnuek                          PUPUS: Yuka

First draft of paper #1 due October 11 by email

Week 8 Oct 14 Language Socialization and Communities of Practice
    @Duff, P. 2007. Second language socialization as sociocultural theory: Insights and issues. LanguageTeaching 40, 309-319.
    @Morita, Naoko. 2004. Negotiating participation and identity in second language academic communities. TESOL Quarterly , 38, 573-603.
  @Talmy, S. 2008. The cultural production of the ESL student at Tradewinds High: Contingency, multidirectionality, and identity in L2 socialization. Applied Linguistics 29, 619-644.
Discussion leaders  Yinghu, Kuniki, Tim, Meredith                         PUPUS: Leslie, Laurie

Final draft of paper due October 18 by email

Week 9 Oct 21 Narrative inquiry and L2 identities                            
    @Pavlenko, A. 2007. Autobiographic narratives as data in applied linguistics. Applied Linguistics 28, 289-322.
    @Higgins, C. (forthcoming). Western women's resistance to identity slippage in Tanzania. In C. Higgins (ed.) Negotiating the self in a second language: Identity formation in a globalizing world. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

@Ros i Solé, R. 2007. Language learners' sociocultural positions in the L2: A narrative approach. Language and Intercultural Communication 7, 203-216.

Discussion leaders  Yuka, Somnuek, Minji                                   PUPUS: Na Young

Week 10 Oct 28 Narrative analysis: Focus on context             

@Lee, E. & Simon-Maeda, A. 2006. Racialized research identities in ESL/EFL research. TESOL Quarterly 40, 573-594.

    @Menard-Warwick, J. 2005. Intergenerational trajectories and sociopolitical context: Latina immigrants in adult ESL. TESOL Quarterly 39, 165-185.
Discussion leaders  Michael, Laurie, Yuka                                    PUPUS: Kuniki

Week 11 Nov 4 Sociocultural Theory and Classroom Practices      

@Walqui, A. 2006. Scaffolding instruction for English language learners: A conceptual framework. The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 9, 159-180.

    Gibbons, P. 2002. Ch. 2: Classroom talk: Creating contexts for language learning. In Scaffolding language, Scaffolding learning: Teaching second language learners in the mainstream classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    @Forman, R. 2008. Using notions of scaffolding and intertextuality to understand the bilingual teaching of English in Thailand. Linguistics and Education 19, 319-332.
Discussion leaders  Leslie, Na Young, Jean Young, Micah                   PUPUS: Somnuek

Week 12 Nov 11 Holiday

Week 12 Nov 18 Co-constructing cultural difference in discourse
 P2 Presentation (1)  
    McKay, S. & Bokhorst-Heng, W. 2008. Interactional Sociolinguistics. Ch. 6 in International English in its sociolinguistic contexts. New York: Routledge.                          
    @Mori, J. 2003. Construction of interculturality: A study of initial encounters between Japanese and American students. Research on Language and Social Interaction 36, 143-184.

@Axelson, E. 2007. Vocatives: a double-edged strategy in intercultural discourse among graduate students. Pragmatics 17, 95-122 .

Discussion Leaders  Cheryl, Minji, Ying Hu, Sennei                       PUPUS: Micah

Week 13 Nov 25 In-class practice with microanalysis - a very important day!
 P2 Presentations (2)  

Week 14 Dec 2 Culture, politeness and language                            
    Cook, Haruko. 2001. Why can't learners of JFL distinguish polite form impolite speechstyles? In K. Rose & G. Kasper (eds.) Pragmatics in language teaching (pp. 80-102).Cambridge.
  @Liddicoat Anthony J. 2006. Learning the culture of interpersonal relationships: Students' understandings of personal address forms in French. Intercultural Pragmatics , 3, 55-80.
 P2 Presentations (3)  
Discussion Leaders Kuniki, Sennei, Meredith, Tim                           PUPUS: Cheryl

First draft of Paper 2 due by Dec 4 by email

Week 16 Dec 9 Intercultural Pedagogy
    Byram, M. 2008. The intercultural speaker: Acting interculturally or being bicultural. Ch. 4 in From froeign language education to education for intercultural citizenship: Essays and reflections (pp. 57-73). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
    @O'Dowd, R. 2003. Understanding the "other side": Intercultural learning in a Spanish-English email exchange. Language Learning and Technology 7, 118-144.
    Student Presentations
 P2 Presentations (3)  
                                                                      PUPUS: Sennei

Final draft of Paper 2 due by email by December 13


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