Sociolinguistic Concepts & Second Language Acquisition


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You're on the phone with a close friend having casual conversation when you get another call from a potential employer about a new job. The change in the way you speak with your close friend compared with how you speak to the employer can best be described as a change in which of the following?

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1. When learning English as a second language, the best approach involves which of the following?

2. Which of the following is TRUE as it relates to dialects?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Language is made up of words and sociolinguistic concepts. This quiz/worksheet combo will check your knowledge of these concepts and how they interact with our ability to learn languages.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments cover the following topics:

  • What word best describes the way your speech patterns change when talking to different people
  • The best approach to learning English as a second language
  • Identifying facts about dialects
  • What factors are interesting to sociolinguists when studying language
  • The concept most closely associated with style

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will use these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on sociolinguistics and learning languages
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what elements make up language in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how our speech patterns change depending on who we're speaking with

Additional Learning

Language is our most important form of communication, and the lesson called Sociolinguistic Concepts & Second Language Acquisition discusses what elements that comprise spoken language. The lesson covers the following:

  • What sociolinguistics is and what it tells us about language
  • The ways that learning a second language differ from learning a first language
  • Some factors that determine how spoken English differs in English-speaking countries