Language Awareness


Course Objective

You get to know the Language Awareness field and are able to distinguish
between different disciplines within the LA tradition.
You develop your own vision on the role of language in society and work
on your professional language teacher identity.
You are able to evaluate the presence of LA in the current school
curriculum and to discuss its potential for the future curriculum based
on current LA research.
You learn about the level of language awareness in society through
exploratory study of your own private and educational context.

Course Content

Over the years, Language Awareness has become an important discipline in
applied linguistics geared towards researching and applying knowledge
about language in everyday life contexts (different work contexts,
education, etc.). How can better awareness of language-related issues
benefit people? What should language aware citizens know about? And:
what, then, should our students learn in in order to become those
language aware citizens? The (foreign) language classroom and school
context would be an ideal place to raise awareness of such issues.

Language aware citizens are people who are able to perceive the effects
language has on themselves and on others and who are able to critically
engage with and use language accordingly in today’s (multicultural)
society: at work, at home, at school, within their communities, etc.
They are conscious of attitudes and assumptions that may lie hidden
within language used and they understand the value of society’s
linguistic and cultural diversity. Language aware citizens are aware of
the role language plays throughout their lives, both private and

Currently, the Dutch national curriculum for secondary (and primary)
language education is being revised ( and 'language
awareness' plays an important role in the vision of both the Foreign
languages and Dutch programmes. This course will focus on what 'language
awareness' is and how teachers may use it to enrich their course

Teaching Methods

Seminars (2 times 2 hrs per week)

Method of Assessment

Assignments throughout the course (presentation and brief literature
assignments) (30%).
Final assignment - report on an LA topic + exploratory research in
educational context (70%). Students will write their final report in the
language of their school subject, unless otherwise is decided, in order
to improve language skills in another language. The minimum grade for te
presentation and report is a 5,5. The literature assignments should be

Entry Requirements

Third year Bachelor linguistics courses


The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness (Garrett & Cots, 2017) will
be used as a starting point (does not have to be bought by students).
Additional general and language-specific literature will be made
available during the course.

Target Audience

Educational Master students (English/Dutch/French). Obligatory for
students English and Dutch in the first year of the Educational Master;
elective for students English, Dutch, French in the second year of the
Educational Master.

General Information

Course Code L_ETMAEDU002
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Course Coordinator dr. A.A. Kaal
Examiner dr. A.A. Kaal
Teaching Staff dr. A.A. Kaal

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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