Paper 1: SLS 660


You have several choices for this paper:

Option A

An investigation of some aspect of sociolinguistic variation for the purpose of S/F/HL pedagogy or use

This option is meant to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the sociolinguistic variation of a particular language and to make use of this knowledge as it applies to language use or in your own language teaching. To do so, you will need to focus on the social meanings that varieties of languages convey. Within a particular pedagogical context, (primary/secondary/tertiary education, workplaces, adult education, civics classes for immigrants, marketing, etc.), develop a paper which engages with the role of sociolinguistic variation in additional languages.

1. Provide a thorough description of the context;
2. Provide a description of the social and/or regional variation, including language varieties that are relevant;
3. For pedagogical contexts, discuss why these particular sociolinguistic features are relevant to learners; For other contexts, explain how the languages function in their social contexts at ideological levels and in actual language use
4.Provide recommendations for how to incorporate these phenomena into applied contexts (teaching, policy, etc.)

Possible topics include:

Block, David, & Cameron, Deborah (eds.) 2002. Globalization and Language Teaching. London: Routledge.
Blyth, Carl (ed.) 2002. The Sociolinguistics of Foreign Language Classrooms: Contributions of the Native, the Near-native, and the Non-native Speaker. Heinle. (available via Interlibrary loan)
Candlin, Christopher, and Mercer, Neil (eds.) 2001. English Language Teaching in its Social Context: A Reader. London: Routledge.
Coates, Jennifer (ed.) 1997. Language and gender. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Hall, Joan Kelly, and Eggington, William (eds.) 2001. The Sociopolitics of English Language Teaching. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Itakura, Hiroko. 2001. Conversational Dominance and Gender: A Study of Japanese Speakers in First and Second Language Contexts. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Rose, Kenneth & Kasper, Gabriele (eds.). 2001. Pragmatics in language teaching. Cambridge.
McKay, Sandra. 1996. Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching. Cambridge.
Reagan, Timothy. 2002. Language, Education, and Ideology: Mapping the Linguistic Landscape of U.S.Schools. Praeger.
Reagan, Timothy, & Osborn, Terry A. 2002. The foreign language educator in society. Erlbaum.


Option B

A critical analysis of a specific language policy which contextualizes the development of the language policy in historical and social contexts and discusses the effects of the policy on language teaching, learning, and/or use. This paper will answer the following question: Where did this policy come from, and why did it emerge? Depending on the topic, your analysis may also consider responses to this policy among students, teachers, and other stakeholders.

Possible topics include:

Helpful references

Canagarajah, Suresh (ed.) 2005. Reclaiming the Local in Language Policy and Practice . Erlbaum.
May, Stephen. 2001. Language and Minority Rights. London: Longman.
Schmidt, Ronald. 2000. Language policy and identity politics in the United States . Temple University Press.
Spolsky, Bernard, & Mesthrie, Rajend (eds.) 2003. Language Policy . Cambridge.
Tollefson, James. 2001. Language Policies in Education: Critical Issues . Erlbaum.


Option C.

Critical pedagogies and localized knowledge in educational contexts. Following the examples of Hino (2009) and Shin & Crookes (2005), in addition to transformative pedagogies as in Davis et al (2005) and Helot & Young (2005), develop a paper which identifies problems in a particular educational context and which proposes solutions to those problems.

You will need to:
1. Describe the specific issue or problem within a historical and social context
2. Explain what stakeholders are involved in the debate and what their differing viewpoints may be
3. Review academic literature that provides examples of responses to the issue or problem (or which may provide responses to similar problems in other contexts)
4. Discuss a transformative solution(s) to the issue or challenge you have addressed; be sure to discuss the feasibility of this transformative solution(s).

Possible topics include:

Sample student papers
   The Speak Good English Movement in Modern Day Singapore
   Language Minority Education in Japan

Helpful references
Norton, B., & Toohey, K.(eds.) 2004. Critical pedagogies and language teaching. Cambridge.