Language in Context

February 25, 2002

The purpose of this course is to sensitize language teachers to variation in speech, to expose them to a wide range of scholars who are interested in the relationship of language and society, and to raise issues concerning cultural differences in language behavior with their consequences for the classroom. Topics will include multilingualism and world Englishes; languages in contact and linguistic choice; social networks and speech communities; the ethnography of communication; an introduction to literacy and literacies; language variation in relation to geographical, social, ethnic, and gender among other variables; and the role of language in the educational experiences of linguistic minorities.

SHINE project option assignments

1. Weekly logs

SHINE participants must keep weekly logs of their coaching experience, in the format provided. You may write on the form itself, or type up your log using the categories on your own word processor.

2. Double-entry journals

For the second double-entry journal (second half of the semester), you should focus on issues raised by your experience in citizenship coaching.

The process will be the same as your first journal of the semester. That is, you are to select passages from two or three of our readings (or quotes from a lecture) for synthesis and response. This time, please choose selections that specifically raise issues relevant to your experience as a coach. You may draw, for example, on the literature about bilingualism or code-switching, language maintenance and death, speech communities, my lecture about language in intergenerational relationships, or any other readings that illuminate the situation of elders you are coaching. This journal can be used as a building block for your final paper.

3. Term Project

Your term paper should be structured like the logs, including a cumulative summary description of your major activities as a coach, the successes and excitements over the course of the semester, the challenges and difficulties you faced, as well as a section on your thoughts, hunches, insights and questions. A review of your own logs should facilitate this process as you reflect on and synthesize your experience. You should add one last section in which you discuss your experience in context of larger issues that scholars before us have addressed. You may draw on our readings, as well as ideas we’ve explored in class. You may draw on your own double-entry journal for this if you wish.

As with the assignment in the syllabus, the paper itself should be 7-8 pages in length and should use APA style for the bibliography. You will be expected to give an oral presentation on your project too, in which you provide a one-page handout with references.

School: University of Arizona
Professor: Adrian Wurr
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