Reader Position Open for UGIS 120

Meryl Siegal, Instructor for UGIS 120, Introduction to Applied Language Studies, is looking for a
reader. The class is offered this Fall TTH from 2:00 – 3:30 and has 45 students enrolled. Dr.
Siegal anticipates dividing the grading equitably, and meeting with the grader for about an hour
or so when there are items to be graded. There is a final, 3 short research papers and 3 journals
for grading. There will also be an online student discussion about 10 times during the semester.
The following is the class description from the catalogue.

This course is an introduction to the study of language as applied to real-world problems in
specific situations in which people use and learn languages, e.g., language learning and teaching,
language socialization, bilingualism and multilingualism, language policy and planning ,
computer-mediated communication, stylistics, translation, intercultural communication, language
and symbolic power, political and commercial rhetoric. In each of these cases, language at once
represents, expresses and is a metaphor for reality. The course explores such questions as: How
do people acquire a language that is not their own and how does this affect their social and
cultural identity? How do people not only say things but do things with words? How does
language both reflect and construct values, beliefs and ideologies? How can language both create
problems and help solve them in the real world of politics, religion and academia? Three hours
lecture and discussion per week. Fieldwork: observation and analysis of language-related real
world problems.

You can contact Dr. Siegal immediately by phone at (510)-703- 6095 or by email at
msiegal@berkeley.edu.