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Enrichment Lesson Catalog

Snap Language offer lessons in a variety of language- and linguistics related topics. Lessons in this area are designed to help you improve your understanding of linguistics.

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COURSE Misconceptions about linguistics clarifies some common beliefs about what linguistics is and what linguists actually do.

Accents and idiolects: There is more to what an “accent” is than just a way that people sound. Idiolects are the speech habits unique to a particular person. Both accents and idiolects have social and cultural components with several implications.

Sociolinguistics (and the basics of language attitudes): what sociolinguistics is and some of the language-related phenomena sociolinguists study. It includes a discussion of how language and language varieties trigger and stereotyped perceptions and attitudes.

Stereotyped perceptions of accented, grammatically non-standard speakers: Learn how listeners extract relevant social information from phonological, syntactical, and lexical speech cues in a process that triggers stereotyped perceptions of speakers.

Grammar

Grammar Series is a a 5-part series discussing topics ranging from what grammar is for a linguist and the historical perspective on standard grammar to issues with traditional grammar and the so-called feud between prescriptivists and descriptivists.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Builder is a series of short, stunning videos on advanced vocabulary at C1-C2 level and GRE level.

The Snap Language channel on YouTube has a complete reading course on video. Start from the “Vocabulary in Reading” playlist and watch each video, which range in topics from understanding the paragraph to interpreting what you read and reading critically.

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   Articles (General Audience)

Our articles range from topics in language, linguistics, and instruction to language learning and enrichment.

   Passages for Language Learners

Our passages for language learners are written with the ELL in mind. Some have accompanying materials so you can learn even more.