LIN 572 Cultural Dimensions of Language Education

LIN 572 IS Sec 1, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael C. Raines, Ph.D.

Instructor name:
Michael C. Raines, Ph.D.
Instructional Assistant Professor of TESL & IEP

Instructor Information:
Michael Raines currently teaches in the TESOL Program in The Department of Modern Languages and also in the Intensive English Program. Originally from Tupelo, MS, Michael has been teaching ESL for a long time.

He first studied and taught in Mexico City for a number of years, and after that experience, returned to the United States to finish his Ph.D. in TESOL at Ole Miss. After finishing his degree, he taught at the University of Alabama for several years, where he was director of two programs: ESL and Foreign Language Education, and also managed a federal grant.

He has taught additional intensive TESL classes overseas. After his tenure at the University of Alabama, Michael returned to Ole Miss to teach Spanish and ESL for several years. In the Fall 2010 semester, he began teaching in the TESOL and IEP programs and has also taught a number of courses online for Modern Languages.

Contact Information:

Communication between the instructor and student can take the form of any and all of the following: 

  • You may call anytime between 8am-5pm M-F (662-915-1194). If you leave a voicemail, please include the course and section you are in and your full name.
  • Please feel free to e-mail anytime. I will try my best to return e-mails within 24 hours.
  • Grading may take up to 5 working days. Please do not email me grade-related questions before 5 days have elapsed.
  • Online Office Hours: by appointment via skype, telephone or campus visit

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

Sociolinguistic and ethnographic perspectives on issues faced in cross-cultural communication and language teaching in multicultural classrooms. We will begin our exploration of sociolinguistics with a look at globalization and the spread of English as a “global” or “world language”. We will look at the relationship between English and other languages and at the many social contexts for English as an International Language (EIL) teaching and learning, discussing inner circle, expanding circle, and out circle contexts. We will cover issues relating to multilingualism and diglossia, talking about how that relates to language policy and planning. In addition, we will discuss language variation and language “standards” from the perspective of interactional sociolinguistics. Finally, we will end with a discussion of social sensitive EIL teaching practices.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 12 instructional lessons and 2 proctored exams.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester

Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Week 1


Lesson 1: English in an era of globalization
IESC chapter 1 & Bhatt 2005

Lesson quiz

Week 1


Lesson 2: Social contexts for learning EIL learning
IESC chapter 2 & SALE chapters 1-2

"Social Contexts for ETL" Worksheet

Week 2


Lesson 3: Multilingual societies
IESC chapter 3 & SALE chapters 3-5

Lesson quiz

Week 3


Lesson 4: Language planning and policy
IESC chapter 4, SALE chapter 6 & Warhol 2010

Work on Analytical Exercise A

Week 4


Analytical Exercise A: Classroom Language Policy

  Analytical Exercise A

Week 4


Lesson 5: Linguistic variation and standards
Graddol 1999, IESC chapter 5, SALE chapter 9 & Jaffe 2017

Lesson quiz

Week 5


Lesson 6: Interactional sociolinguistics
IESC chapter 6 & Gumperz 2015

Lesson quiz

Week 6


Lesson 7: Towards a socially sensitive EIL pedagogy
IESC chapter 7

Midterm exam review  

Week 7

Midterm Exam

Covers lessons 1-7

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Week 7


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your  information.


Lesson 8: Style and styling
SALE chapter 7 & Rampton 2009

Lesson quiz

Week 8


Lesson 9: Critical Language Awareness
SALE chapter 8

Lesson quiz

Week 9


Lesson 10: Pidgins and Creoles
SALE chapter 9 & Pratt - Johnson 2006

Lesson quiz

Week 10


Lesson 11: Teaching EIL
SALE chapters 11-12 & Vasudevan 2010

Lesson quiz

Week 11


Lesson 12: Language and identity
SALE chapter 13-14

 Journal entry

Week 12


Lesson 13: A holistic classroom
Gordon 2014 & Swann 1998

  Work on Analytical Exercise B

Week 13


Analytical Exercise B: Multimodal Multilingualism

  Analytical Exercise B

Week 13


Lesson 14: Language Ethinicity
SALE chapter 15 & Hill 2008

  Journal entry

Week 14


Lesson 15: Language and culture in the classroom
SALE chapters 17 and 19

  Final exam review

Week 15

Final Exam

Covers lessons 8-15

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Week 15


Grading Scale:

Grades for this course will be determined by a point system with a total of a 500 course points.
> 475 = A
474-450 = A-
449-425 = B+
424-400 = B
399-375 = B-
374-350 = C+
349-325 = C
324-300 = C-
299-250 = D
<249 = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.