Introduction to the study of language in its social context. Focus on varieties of American English with attention to the status of minority languages. Sociolinguistic approach to language variation by region, social class, ethnicity, gender, and social context. Standardization and attitudes toward dialects and minority languages. Relationship between language and power and social control. Aligned with the Common Core Standards, the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, and the National Council of Teachers of English standards for teaching English Language Arts.