SOCIOLINGUISTICS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING: A PERSPECTIVE OF SOCIOLINGUISTIC COMPETENCE

Published: March, 2020

Author(s):

Nmadumelu Obi

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Department of English,

Federal College of Education, Zaria

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appropriately. Sociolinguistics is the study of language and the society. However, a number of studies highlight the lack of such communicative skills among second language learners regardless of their proficiency level of linguistic knowledge. More specially, learners may not be able to develop socio-pragmatic knowledge of language as much as grammatical knowledge of the language being learnt. Its dynamic growth makes English an international language that connects people all around the world. As a consequence, English can be regarded as the common focus of all English speakers who do not share a language or a culture. As a matter of fact, English is spoken in different settings and levels of intercommunication. As a result, speakers must know many sociolinguistics elements in order to avoid inaccuracies and misunderstandings during communication. The development of sociolinguistic rules can guide learners in the choice of appropriate forms which should be closely integrated in language teaching and learning curricula. Sociolinguistic competence should be a leading goal for all those who teach English as a second language, which simultaneously represents a challenging task as well.

Key Words: Sociolinguistic, sociolinguistic competence, communicative competence.