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Language Acquisition 5: Introduction to Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Stylistics


Admission Requirements



This course provides an introduction into the fields of sociolinguistics, second language acquisition and stylistics. These academic fields of enquiry have been enjoying considerable interest with their focus on factors that affect language use, language acquisition and thinking about language. De course itself and its three component parts will be introduced by lectures from specialists. Course material is then discussed further in class, also taught by specialists. The emphasis is on insights in theory and practical exercises.

Course Objectives

Basic knowledge of theory and practice in sociolinguistics, second language acquisition and stylistics.


The timetable will be available from July 1st on the Internet.

Mode of Instruction

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.


Written test (40%), presentations (30%), essay (30%).


This course is supported by Blackboard. Students should sign up before the beginning of the semester.

Reading list

  • Syllabus op Blackboard

  • Muriel Saville-Troike, Introducing Second Language Acquisition, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

  • Ronald Carter and Walter Nash, Seeing Through Language: Guide to Styles of English Writing, Blackwell 1990.

  • J.K. Chambers, Sociolinguistic Theory: Linguistic Variation and Its Social Significance, Blackwell, 2002.


Students can register through uSis.

Register for ‘Contractonderwijs’ via:

Contact information

English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or mail: