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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, 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 on the website

Mode of instruction

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

Assessment method

  • Written test (40%)

  • Presentation (30%)

  • Essay (30%)


This course is supported by Blackboard. Some of the study material will be posted there. Students should sign up before the beginning of the semester. See Blackboard

Reading list

  • Foster, A.A. (2012) Four Weeks of Style. (This reader will be posted on Blackboard)

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

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


Students should register through uSis. Exchange students 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

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Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:
Co-ordinator of Studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.