Sociolinguistics in the Classroom



Introduction: The purpose of this capstone project is to help readers develop a background in sociolinguistics and codeswitching.  The content of my project is derived from scholarly articles that discuss the four major components in sociolinguistics.  These four components are writing, reading, conversation, and codeswitching. Knowledge of these components is necessary to gain a well-rounded understanding of how sociolinguistics is part of the English classroom. Sociolinguistics and codeswitching are often addressed in schools that are of a low socioeconomic background with a student body consisting of predominately African Americans.  However, the topic of sociolinguistics and codeswitching in the classroom is a very important component in all areas of education.   


Project created by Stephen V. Kiss


Project Subtopics:

Sociolinguistics Code-Switching

Sociolinguistics Conversation

Sociolinguistics Reading 

Sociolinguistics Writing

Definitions pertaining to project topic:

(From Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
*These definitions are directly quoted from the listed websites 
Linguistics: The study of human speech including the units, nature, structure, and modification of language. The study of language and of the way languages work.
Sociolinguistics: The study of linguistic behavior as determined by sociocultural factors.
Sociocultural: Of, relating to, or involving a combination of social and cultural factors. 

(1) Relating to or involving activities in which people spend time talking to each other or doing enjoyable things with each other.
(2) Liking to be with and talk to people; happy to be with people.
(3) Of or relating to people or society in general.

Code switching:The switching from the linguistic system of one language or dialect to that of another.
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