Linguistics Outside the Classroom (LOC)

What is the LOC?

Linguistics Outside the Classroom (LOC) is an initiative to better integrate undergraduate students into the research being conducted and discussed within the UBC Department of Linguistics.

The LOC is about increased involvement on the part of the undergraduate student body in learning about linguistics outside of regular classroom instruction. Instructors have the opportunity to include LOC credits on their course syllabi. Students may satisfy LOC credits in one of two ways: (1) Participate in experiments being conducted by Linguistics faculty and graduate students. (2) Attendance of a Research Seminar or Colloquium. Attendees of a research seminar or colloquium must submit a one-paragraph summary of the talk within one week of attending to earn their LOC credit. Note that the point values associated with experiments vary according to their duration, and attending a talk and writing a summary constitutes two LOC points. Each instructor will inform their students as to the number of points needed to satisfy their course.

The system used to sign up for experiments is available here. See the slides from the UBC Linguistics Signup Tutorial for information on how to use the system. Information on department research seminars and colloquia is available here and the calendar of events is available here.

Who does it benefit?

The proposed LOC benefits undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and the department as a whole. Crucially, in addition to increased awareness about linguistics research, the LOC helps undergraduate students better understand linguistics through the kinds of questions asked in experiments.

If you have questions about the LOC, please email Kathleen Hall (