660 Spring 2007

Schedule of readings
Paper 1 Assignment
Paper 2 Assignment


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)

Recommended Texts: Available at UH bookstore. These are texts that you may choose to purchase, based on your personal research and teaching interests.
1. Hall, J. K. 2002. Teaching and researching language and culture . London: Longman/Pearson. ISBN: 0582423376
2. Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap. 2000. Introducting sociolinguistics . Amsterdam: Benjamins ISBN: 155619206 1
3. Ricento, Thomas (ed.) 2005. An introduction to language policy: Theory and method . Malden, MA: Blackwell. ISBN: 1405114983


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

Week 1 January 8 Introduction to the course
  January 10: Introduction to sociolinguistics
    Mesthrie, R., Swann, J., Deumert, A., & Leap, W. 2000. Introducing sociolinguistics . Ch. 1: Clearing the ground: basic issues, concepts and approaches (pp. 1-43). Philadelphia: Benjamins.
Lippi-Green, Rosina. 1997. Ch. 4, Language subordination model. In English with an accent . London: Routledge.
Week 2 January 15 Holiday
  January 17 Language attitudes toward social languages
    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.
Tollefson, James. 2002. Reconsidering 'target language.' Language Research Bulletin , 17, 143-153.  
Do You Speak American? & American Tongues
(excerpts) - videos in class

S/F/HL use as learning and participating in new social languages

Week 3 January 22 Social languages and sociocultural theory
    Gee, James. 2004. Learning language as a matter of learning social languages within      discourses. In M. Hawkins (ed.) Language learning and teacher education: A sociocultural   approach (pp. 13-31). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
  January 24 Qualitative methods in sociocultural theory and second language learning
    @Duff, Patricia. 2002. The discursive co-construction of knowledge, identity, and difference: An ethnography of communication in the high school mainstream. Applied Linguistics , 23, 289-322.
@ Pavlenko, Aneta . (in press). Autobiographic narratives as data in applied linguistics.Applied Linguistics .
Discussion Leaders: Denise, Hyeeun, Christina

Week 4 January 29 Forms of participation in foreign language communities
    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.
  January 31 @Seargeant, Philip. 2005. 'More English than England itself': The simulation of authenticity in foreign language practice in Japan. International Journal of Applied Linguistics , 15, 326-345.
Discussion Leaders: Hoa, Anne, Rayoung

Week 5 February 5 The role of ethnicity/nationality/culture in using new social languages
    Ibrahim, Awad. 1999. Becoming Black: Rap and hip hop, race, gender, identity, and the   politics of ESL learning. TESOL Quarterly , 33, 349-369.
@Morita, Naoko. 2004. Negotiating participation and identity in second language academic communities. TESOL Quarterly , 38, 573-603.
  February 7: Shin, Hyunjung. 2006. Rethinking TESOL from a SOL's perspective: Indigenous       epistemology and decolonizing praxis in TESOL. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies , 3,   147-167.
Discussion Leaders: Hiromi, Hatsumi, Rayoung

Week 6 February 12 Gendered forms of participation in L1 communities
    Miyazaki, Ayumi. 2004. Japanese junior high school girls' and boys' first-person pronoun use and their social world. In S. Okamoto & J. Shibamoto Smith (eds.) Japanese language, gender and ideology: Cultural models and real people (pp. 256-274). Oxford.
  February 14 Gendered participation in S/FL communities
    Ide, Kyoko. 2006. "Being a woman and able to say your opinion too." Gender, audibility, and language learning of (a) Japanese female student(s) in a U.S. university system. Unpublished scholarly paper. University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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Hruska, Barbara. 2004. Constructing gender in an English dominant Kindergarten: Implications for second language learners. TESOL Quarterly , 38, 459-484.
Discussion Leaders: Yoonah, Sandy, Soojin

Week 7 February 19 Holiday
  February 21 Student Presentations
    1.                   2.                 3.

First Draft of Paper 1 due by email by February 23

Week 8 February 26 Student Presentations
      4.                        5.                      6.

The role of culture in S/FL learning, teaching, and use

  February 28 Student presentation 7.
Investigating cultural differences and second language use
   

Cameron, Deborah. 2001. Working with spoken discourse . Ch. 8: Small differences, bigdifference: Interactional sociolinguistics (pp. 106-121). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Tyler, Andrea. 1995. The co-construction of cross-cultural miscommunication: Conflicts in perception, negotiation, and enactment of participant role and status. Studies in Second Language Acquisition , 17, 129-152.

Final Draft of Paper 1 due by email by March 2

Week 9 March 5 Membership categories and second language use in intercultural interactions
    @Higgins, Christina. in press. Constructing membership in the in-group: Affiliation and      resistance among urban Tanzanians. Pragmatics .
@Zimmerman, Erica. in press. Constructing Korean and Japanese interculturality in talk: Ethnic membership categorization among users of Japanese. Pragmatics.   
  March 7 Constructing intercultural understanding through S/FL learning
   

Kramsch, Claire. 1993. Language study as border study: Experiencing difference. European Journal of Education , 28, 349-358.

Discussion Leaders: Ky, Yoonah, Hiromi

************* Portfolio Due March 12 *************

Week 10 March 12 Cross cultural pragmatics: What counts as 'polite' language in an L2?
   

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.
Okamoto, Shigeko.   1998. The use and non-use of honorifics in sales talk in Kyoto andOsaka: Are they rude or friendly?   Japanese/Korean Linguistics 7: 141-157.    Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information.

  March 14 @Liddicoat Anthony J. 2006. Learning the culture of interpersonal relationships: Students' understandings of personal address forms in French. Intercultural Pragmatics , 3, 55-80.
Discussion Leaders: Eddie, Ben, Chau

The effects of policy and language ideologies/ language politics on S/F/HLs; EIL

Week 11 March 19 Language planning and bilingual education
   

Dicker, Susan J. 2000.   Official English and bilingual education: The controversy overlanguage pluralism in U.S. society. In J. K. Hall & W. Eggington (eds .) The sociopolitics of English language teaching . Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Vaipae, Sharon. 2001. Language minority students in Japanese public schools. In M.Noguchi and S. Fotos (eds.) Studies in Japanese bilingualism (pp. 184-233). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

  March 21 Heritage language education: Participatory action research
    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.

Discussion Leaders: Denise, Anne, Soojin

Week 12       Spring Break

Week 13 April 2 Gaps between English language policy and pedagogy in Asia
   

Nunan, D. 2003. The impact of English as a global language on educational policies andpractices in the Asia-Pacific region. TESOL Quarterly , 37 589-613.

  April 4 @O'Donnell, Kevin. 2005. Japanese Secondary English Teachers: Negotiation of educational   roles in the face of curricular reform. Language, Culture, and Curriculum 18, 300-315.
    Li, D. 1998. "It's always more difficult than you plan and imagine": Teachers' perceived difficulties in introducing the communicative approach in South Korea. TESOL Quarterly,   32 (4), 677-703 .
Discussion Leaders: Ky, Hyeeun, Hatsumi

Week 14 April 9 Models for EIL
    Pennycook, Alastair. 2003.   Beyond homogeny and heterogeny: English as a global and worldly language. In C. Mair (ed.) The politics of English as a world language (pp. 3-17).   Amsterdam: Rodopi.
@Jenkins, Jennifer. 2006. Curent perspectives on teaching World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca. TESOL Quarterly 40, 157-181.
  April 11 Matsuda, Aya. 2006. (re)locating TESOL in an age of empire. In J. Edge (ed.) (pp. 158-170). New York: Palgrave.
Discussion Leaders: Hoa, Ed, Meiping

Week 15 April 16 Appropriacy in teaching EIL
    @Kumaravadivelu, B. 2003. Problematizing cultural stereotypes in TESOL. TESOL Quarterly , 37, 709-718.
@Ha, L. P. 2004. University classrooms in Vietnam: Contesting the stereotypes. ELT Journal , 58, 50-57.
 

April 18:

Lin, Angel et al. 2005. International TESOL professionals and teaching English for glocalized   communication (TEGCOM).   In S. Canagarajah (ed.) Reclaiming the local in language policy and practice (pp. 197-224). Mahwah: NJ: Erlbaum.
Discussion Leaders: Chau, Eddie, Sandy

Week 16 April 23 AAAL; work on Paper 2
  April 25 Student Presentations
    1.                         2.                         3.  
     

First draft of Paper 2 due by email by April 27

Week 17 April 30 Student Presentations
    4.                         5.                        6.
  May 2 Student Presentation 7.
    Course Evaluations
    *************Final Portfolios Due***************

Second paper due by email by May 4


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