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


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Language Acquisition 1, 2 and 3.


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. The 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 by June 1st at:

Mode of instruction

A one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar per week.

Assessment method

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

If the mark for one of these three course components is lower than 5.0, this component cannot be compensated.


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

Reading list

  • Romaine, S. (2000) Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (2nd edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Saville-Troike, M. (2005) Introducing Second Language Acquisition. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

  • Carter, R. & W. Nash (1990) Seeing Through Language: Guide to Styles of English Writing. Blackwell 1990.


Students should register through uSis. Exchange studentens cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:
Studentcounsellor Bachelor: Ms. S.H.J. Bollen, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103B.
Coordinator of Studies Master: Ms. K. van der Zeeuw-Filemon, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.