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ALLAMA IQBAL OPEN UNIVERSITY, ISLAMABAD (Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics)

Dear Student Welcome to Dip TEFL programme, Course 5656. We are sure you have gone through the prospectus in detail while applying for this programme and you must be aware of the changes that have been brought about recently in the courses and their respective components including assignments, presentation etc. To recap, all the courses of Dip TEFL programme (5655-5662) have been reduced to 9 units instead of 18 giving 3 credit hours each. 3 credit hour courses in the system of AIOU carry 100 marks and require the students to write 2 assignments instead of 4 (the previous practice). Now, you would go through those 9 units that have been identified for your and attempt one written assignment of 100 marks that covers all 9 units, along with one project, likewise the previous practice. The project too carries 100 marks. It is a research based activity. For further details, go through the instructions given in Assignment No. 2 of each respective course. We hope you will enjoy the Programme, attend the classes and meet the target dates in order to avoid any uncomfortable situation. Good luck

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ALLAMA IQBAL OPEN UNIVERSITY, ISLAMABAD (Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics) WARNING
1. 2. PLAGIARISM OR HIRING OF GHOST WRITER(S) FOR SOLVING THE ASSIGNMENT(S) WILL DEBAR THE STUDENT FROM AWARD OF DEGREE/CERTIFICATE, IF FOUND AT ANY STAGE. SUBMITTING ASSIGNMENTS BORROWED OR STOLEN FROM OTHER(S) AS ONES OWN WILL BE PENALIZED AS DEFINED IN AIOU PLAGIARISM POLICY.

Course: Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching Methodology (5656) Level: Diploma TEFL Semester: Spring, 2013 Total Marks: 100

ASSIGNMENT No. 1
Q.1 a) b) c) Cultural values, physical environment and social environment are reflected in the language of a community. Discuss Do you think the language of a politician differs from that of an ordinary citizen? Why? Justify your answer with relevant examples. A person who wishes to improve himself/herself socially often seeks to improve the way in which he/she speaks. Discuss. (15)

Q.2 Which points would each of the following individual likely to take into consideration when deciding whether to support the adoption of either Urdu or English as the national/official language of Pakistan? (15) The Minister of Education The Scientific Officer The Bureaucrat Parents An Intermediate student coming from a rural area A common man from an urban area.

Q.3 Why do some countries have a more pressing need for a language policy than others? Make a list of the options open to the Government of Pakistan with respect to its language policy. Discuss the merits and demerits of each of these options. (15) Q.4 Though Urdu is not the language of the majority of the Pakistanis still in many parts of the country it is the medium of instruction in schools and colleges and is also used as Lingua Franca in Pakistan. Why is it so? Discuss. (15)
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Q.5 a) b)

Define the term local forms of English and give some examples. Give your opinion as to which form of English should be learnt in our country. (10) (15)

Q.6 Write short notes on the following and give suitable examples. a) Dialect b) Register c) Style Q.7

The following factors play a great role in determining the character of a language. Write about some specific influences that the following factors have on a language. (15) Geographical situation Social environment

ASSIGNMENT No. 2
Assignment no. 2 is based on a research-oriented activity. You are required to study the relevant area, conduct research and prepare a brief report on your findings in the area given. You will then have to submit one copy of the report to the tutor within the scheduled period and at the same time present the report/project in one of the tutorials (the schedule/plan of the tutorials for the presentation will be intimated by the Tutor concerned or the Regional Director). The compulsory presentation carries 100 marks: 40 marks for the written report and 60 for the presentation.

A few guidelines for the written report and the presentation:


a) b) c) The written report should have an introduction, body and conclusion. It should be written in clear concise and correct English. It should be 5-8 double spaced typed/handwritten pages. The presentation is to be assessed and evaluated mainly in the. Contents of the assignment/report Communication skills Language accuracy Language fluency Presentation style

You may use transparencies, charts or any other relevant material for impressive presentation with the permission of your Tutor.

Attempt one of the following activities


What is the significance of bilingualism in a language class? Do you think it is useful for a child to be exposed to two or more than two languages at an initial stage/ a very low level? Observe a bilingual class for a certain period of time and come up with your findings and recommendations as to its importance or non
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utility. You can use observation sheets and also interview a few language teachers to support / verify your point of view. Prepare a report in detail highlighting the concept of bilingualism. You can make use of your own experience as well as give examples as a language teacher while preparing the report. OR The speech of different people exhibit different characteristics for instance, difference can be noticed in the speech of men and women, educated and less educated, bureaucrats and common men etc. Consider examples of a few individuals from everyday life, observe them for a short but reasonable period and note down the differences that you might identify in their conversation/speech. Discuss these in detail while compiling your report. Give some probable reasons as well. You must review some relevant literature for enough background in the related theory.