UGIS120 Introduction to Applied Language Studies
(3 units) – CCN 89900
Instructor: Prof. Claire Kramsch
T Th 2-3:30 156 Dwinelle
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.
Approx. 60 pages of reading per week
Weekly reaction journals
based on two or three questions on each set of readings for the week. The journals will be collected and graded every three weeks
Three times during the semester, students will be asked to collect empirical language data from various sources, e.g., interviews, classrooms, courtrooms, informal conversations, online interactions, newspaper reports. They will be asked to offer a brief analysis and interpretation of the data, using the tools discussed in the readings (and in the case of spoken data, to transcribe them). This fieldwork will apply the insights gained from the readings to concrete cases of language learning and use in various settings.
An informal evaluation based on the reaction journals and the fieldwork to date will enable the instructor to identify students at risk by the middle of the term.
3 hour final, books closed, during finals period. The final will evaluate the students’ knowledge of the basic notions, theories, and historical developments in the field of Applied Language Studies.