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Getting the most out of the course

How this all works

You will work independently through the course at your own pace. All of the course content is now available to you, so if you need to, you can work ahead – but as social learning is an important part of the course it would be best if we tried to work through it together! We strongly recommend that you participate in the discussions and share your learning experiences. For any of you who are considering a path in higher education, this will be useful practice for participating in seminars or other group-based learning.

Each week will have a theme, and we’ll learn about it through videos, articles and discussion. There will also be other optional tasks and exercises you can try to enhance your learning. Each week builds on the last, so we strongly recommend you work through each week in order. Each week should take you 3 to 4 hours to complete, if you do all the tasks, and there is a test at the end of each week to give an indication of what you’ve learnt.

Using FutureLearn

If this is your first FutureLearn course, you may find it useful to read the ‘how it works’ guide. We also recommend reading six tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn to get the most out of the interactive and social learning features of this course.

Engage on social media

We have a hashtag – #FLSociolinguistics – which you are more than welcome to use on social media to talk about the course and to find others who are talking about it too!

Let’s get started

This week we’ll be focusing on how we define accents and language attitudes. So, let’s get started! (And when you have finished reading a section, please “Mark as complete”, and move onto the next step).

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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics: Accents, Attitudes and Identity

University of York

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