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Language Acquisition 5: Language Use


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Language Acquisition 1 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

  • learn about modern sociolinguistics and the techniques that are part of this discipline

  • learn about SLA theory and its practical applications.

  • applying knowledge of Stylistics in your own texts and identifying other writers’ styilistic choices.


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction

45-minute lecture and 45-minute tutorial every week.

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours.

  • Classes and presentation preparation. 30 hours

  • Essay: 39 hours

  • Classes: 18 hours

  • Exam3 hours

  • Prepare for the exam: 50 hours

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

  • Gramley, S. & Gramley, V. (Eds.). (2008). Bielefeld introduction to applied linguistics. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag.

  • Language Acquisition 5: Text and assignments for stylistics. [reader]


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


English Language and Culture departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144;
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.