Spring 2022 - LING 100 D100

Communication and Language (3)

Class Number: 2176

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Explores the foundations of human language from a variety of perspectives. Young children acquire language effortlessly. How is this possible, and why is it so much more challenging to learn a new language later in life? How does the human brain use complex grammatical systems to communicate? Students will learn new ways to think critically about language and communication. Open to all students. Breadth-Social Sciences.

COURSE DETAILS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces the study of language and human communication. Topics to be covered include:

  • The biological basis of human language
  • Relations of language to cognition, culture and thought
  • Structure in language
  • The neurological basis of language and language disorders
  • Language acquisition
  • Languages of the world
  • Language change
  • Human language vs. animal communication
  • Evolution of human language
  • Language in society
  • Writing systems

MODE OF INSTRUCTION:

Blended learning. The course will delivered through a blend of asynchronous (online) and synchronous (in person) methods. All of the lectures will be pre-recorded and available for viewing asynchronously. Some of the class components, such as quizzes and online discussions, will also take place online and asynchronously. One hour every week will be delivered in person.

In-person block on Burnaby campus: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:20 pm

The instructor will also hold drop-in office hours on Zoom.

Grading

  • Quizzes, on Canvas 20%
  • Online Discussion 20%
  • Participation 10%
  • Assignments 30%
  • Take-Home Exam 20%

NOTES:

Quizzes will be done on Canvas, as will online discussion. Participation will include both online discussion and practice that takes place in the in-person sessions. Assignments will be short 3-4 assignments to be completed in groups. The take-home exam will include a series of questions addressing topics covered in class, to be completed the last week of classes. 



NOTE:
This course may be applied towards the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.               

Linguistics program students cannot count this course towards their breadth requirements unless in joint or double majors, extended minor, or double minors program.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

O’Grady and Archibald (eds.) Contemporary Linguistic Analysis: An Introduction. 9th Edition. Pearson. ISBN-13:  9780134652306 (print), ISBN-13:  9780135396223 (e-book)

Additional reading materials and slides will be made available on Canvas.  
ISBN: (see above)

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022

Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.