Sep 27, 2022
ENGL 451 - Language in the U.S.A.
Units: 4 ; Breadth Area: GE-UD-D; Diversity
Overview of the language situation in the U.S.A. Regional, social and ethnic dialects. Stylistic variation, Spanish-English code switching/mixing. African American language. Pidgin-creole varieties. Implications for teaching and learning.
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 with grade C- (CR) or better.
Equivalent Quarter Course: ENGL 4040.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground, or Entirely Online, or Hybrid.
Grading: A-F grading only.
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-UD-D - Upper Division Social Sciences, Overlay - Diversity
Course Typically Offered: Spring ONLY
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- apply sociolinguistic concepts and methods to the description and analysis of particular features of the US language situation.
- become increasingly aware of variation in the pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar of American English.
- exhibit nonjudgmental attitudes toward language variation.
- experience growth as academic writers.
- discuss controversial subject matter in a respectful and dispassionate manner, tolerant of diverse points of view.
UD-D. Upper-division Social Sciences Learning Outcomes
Diversity Overlay Learning Outcomes
- analyze how power and social identity affect social outcomes for different cultural and economic groups using methods of social science inquiry and vocabulary appropriate to those methods;
- demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply accurately disciplinary concepts of the social or behavioral sciences; and
- demonstrate an understanding of and ability to effectively plan or conduct research using an appropriate method of the social or behavioral sciences.
- describe the histories and/or experiences of one or more U. S. cultural groups and the resilience and agency of group members;
- identify structures of oppression and the diverse efforts and strategies used by groups to combat the effects of oppressive structures;
- analyze the intersection of the categories of race and gender as they affect cultural group members’ lived realities and/or as they are embodied in personal and collective identities;
- recognize the way that multiple differences (including, for example, gender, class, sexuality, religion, disability, immigration status, gender expression, color/phenotype, racial mixture, linguistic expression, and/or age) within cultural groups complicate individual and group identities.
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