Sociolinguistic Ideas in the 11th and 12th-Grade Profiled Bulgarian Language Learning Curriculum Cover Image

Идеите на социолингвистиката в профилираното обучение по български език за ХІ и ХІІ клас
Sociolinguistic Ideas in the 11th and 12th-Grade Profiled Bulgarian Language Learning Curriculum

Author(s): Krasimira Alexova
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Philology
Published by: Институт за български език „Проф. Любомир Андрейчин“, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: profiled learning curriculum in Bulgarian language; sociolinguistics; language situation; bilingualism; polylingualism; diglossia; socio-demographic factors; situational factors

Summary/Abstract: My article discusses ideas in sociolinguistics presented in the module on Language and Society taught to 11 and 12-grade students enrolled in a profiled Bulgarian language learning curriculum. I look into some important objectives of sociolinguistics related to language and society, in particular ones that are included in this module’s syllabus. In addition, I focus on how the concept of a language situation is defined and which of its most typological and sociolinguistically significant characteristics are reflected in the module. These characteristics refer to the current language situation in Bulgaria. Bilingualism and polylingualism are thus viewed not only in a sociolinguistic perspective but also in connection with the idea of multiculturalism in the contemporary world. Emphasis is also placed on the sociolinguistic idea that language competence is generally conditioned by several socio-demographic and situational factors. When reviewing the ideas of sociolinguistics included in the module on Language and Society, I aim at providing guidelines for teachers, especially with regard to motivating students and encouraging their interest in this subject.

  • Issue Year: 69/2022
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 13-29
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian