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SEL3372 : Language and ethnicity in twenty-first century Britain (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Heike Pichler
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This advanced module in sociolinguistics examines the relationship between language and ethnicity. It introduces students to key studies exploring the language-ethnicity interface as well as the major methodological and theoretical frameworks for studying ethno-linguistics. Students will learn to apply these frameworks to the analysis of observed patterns of ethno-linguistic practice. The module also examines the potential effects of ethno-linguistic practice in institutional settings, and defines sociolinguists’ role in combating ethno-linguistic discrimination.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following:
1.       key terms and concepts in language and ethnicity research
2.       key methodological and theoretical frameworks for studying ethno-linguistics
3.       the origins, development and structural characteristics of selected ethnolects
4.       the role of ethnicity in language variation (and change)
5.       societal repercussions of ethno-linguistic diversity

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used, primarily, to impart information and provide an overall coherence for the module. They focus on enhancing students’ knowledge base in linguistics. Seminars are used to consolidate students’ understanding of the lecture and reading materials. They focus on developing students’ transferable skills in linguistic data analysis. Both lectures and seminars support the linguistic data analysis conducted for the final essay. Guided independent study is also used for the preparation and completion of assignments.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A703,000-word essay
Poster1M18group poster presentation
Written exercise1M12lecture & seminar participation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exercise ensures that students engage critically and regularly with the topics introduced in class. The group poster presentation allows them to engage closely with a topic of their choice, and present the result of their research in a concise format. The final essay allows students to explore selected themes in greater depth, while giving them the opportunity to enhance their analytical and writing skills.

Reading Lists