Module code: LIN2005

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MENENDEZ-LOPEZ MM Miss (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (1500 WORDS) 50%
Examination 2-HOUR EXAMINATION 50%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.   Qualifying Conditions A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module overview

This module is taught in English in semester 1 of FHEQ Level 5

Module aims

To examine language as a social phenomenon, promoting the students' awareness of socio-cultural issues in different languages.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Have acquired the basic vocabulary needed to describe and discuss sociolinguistic issues; KC
Have gained awareness of general sociolinguistic concepts; KC
Be able to analyse texts using sociolinguistic tools. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


• Language variation and change;
• Language as a social marker;
• Dialects and nation;
• Power and politeness.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading;

Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;

Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the written assignment;

Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.

Develop communication skills through interactions in class;

Acquire a broad knowledge of sociolinguistic theory and practice.



The learning and teaching methods include:


Three contact hours per week over Semester 2.

Classes will include lectures and seminars.

students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Ability to analyse and interpret texts;

Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;

Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

Subject-specific knowledge of sociolinguistics.



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written assignment of 1500 words (to be submitted after week 8).

Two hour exam.



Formative assessment and feedback


Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.

Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.

Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.