Lessons

A short introduction to basic concepts of Sociolinguistics, and the role of prescriptive organizations like the Real Academia Española.

Breve introducción a los conceptos básicos de la sociolingüística, y el papel de instituciones prescriptivas como la Real Academia Española.

Critical look at writing systems and how they encode language ideologies.

Overview of the historical context of Mexican-American immigration and deportation; study of how regional variation in language is used in a popular artistic medium to communicate identity and show solidarity.

Study of attitudes towards Spanish and language learning by examining on-line media (video and user comments).

The study of the origin of the Spanish language; recognition of the impact of bilingualism in the history of the language and its varieties. Validation of the use of its many varieties.

The study of linguistic prescriptivism and descriptivism; a reflexion on how linguistic prescriptivism influences language ideologies and our attitudes about our own and others’ usage.

This unit of three lessons uses music to teach history, culture, and linguistic variation of Latin America and the U.S.