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syllabus, a combination of transmission and collaboration. A discussion and some conclusions concerning the concept of collaboration among students in this teaching context then follows.

  • 2.

    Syllabus

    • 2.1

      Aim of the course and evaluation

This course intended to help students understand some of the basic aspects of how language is used in society. Students were evaluated on a mid-term test (20%), an end of term test (20%), participation in class and homework (40%), and attendance (20%).

2.2 Syllabus and rationale The syllabus focused on 12 themes in two parts (lessons 1 to 6 and lessons 8 to 13), taught over 15 weeks, as illustrated below in table 1:

Table 1. The sociolinguistics syllabus

  • 1.

    Introduction to Sociolinguistics,

  • 2.

    Gender,

  • 3.

    Age,

  • 4.

    Ethnicity,

  • 5.

    Social class,

  • 6.

    Regions,

  • 7.

    Mid-term test of lessons 1 to 6,

  • 8.

    Language and culture,

  • 9.

    Forms of address and Politeness,

  • 10.

    Image and association,

  • 11.

    Speech acts,

  • 12.

    Discourse,

  • 13.

    Nonverbal language,

  • 14.

    End of term test of lessons 8 to 13,

  • 15.

    Course review and student feedback

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