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Language and work : An ethnographic sociolinguistic perspective

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2018 -> 2018

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Upon completion of the course students should
- be familiar with the main tenets of critical sociolinguistic ethnography
- analyse and interpret ethnographic and discursive data
- have acquired knowledge about the transformations in the role of language in late capitalism
- comprehend the intersections between the globalising labour market and language investment
- understand how certain forms of multilingualism and language are (de)valorised for work in the global tourist industry
- understand the links among foreign language teaching/learning, geographical mobility and projected work opportunities
- be able to observe and reflect about language investment throughout their educational and professional trajectories


This course critically examines the (de)valorisation of certain forms of multilingualism and the role played by English for work in the global service-based economy. Departing from the notions of language as a commodity (Heller, 2010) and language investment (Flubacher, Duchêne and Coray, 2018), we will discuss ethnographic studies about the role of language in two different global industries. First, we will explore tourism through sociolinguistic studies on aviation, voluntourism, medical tourism and heritage/cultural tourism. Second, we will examine the language teaching industry, with a focus on English language teaching, in private schools, cultural agencies, public schools and voluntary projects. 


Information available on Moodle


All compulsory readings will be posted on Moodle. You do not need to buy a textbook. In preparation for the course, you can consult these references: Duchêne, A. & Heller, M. (2012). Multilingualism and the new economy. In M. Martin-Jones, A. Blackledge, A. & A. Creese (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Multililingualism (pp. 369-383). New York: Routledge.

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