Learn what your attitude to accents and dialects says about yourself and society
We all have preferred accents and ways of speaking, but what makes something ‘good’ or ‘bad’ English? On this course, you will explore where our attitudes to language come from, how they are formed, and what they tell us about society.
You will be introduced to a range of sociolinguistic research methods and learn what these methods tell us about our individual sense of identity. You will also study their impact on social factors like gender, social class, and national affiliation. Plus, you will determine the real-world implications of language attitudes on our society as a whole.
What topics will you cover?
- Introduction to the study of language attitudes
- How do you measure attitudes?
- What is the relationship between language and identity?
- Why language attitudes matter
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for school or college students who are interested in studying English language and linguistics at University. This course will also be of interest to English A Level and Advanced Higher teachers, and anyone with an interest in spoken language and accentism.
Who developed the course?
University of York
The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.