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.
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
Introduction to Sociolinguistics,
Mid-term test of lessons 1 to 6,
Language and culture,
Forms of address and Politeness,
Image and association,
End of term test of lessons 8 to 13,
Course review and student feedback