Linguistics Outside the Classroom (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’s goal is to increase involvement within the undergraduate student body to learn about linguistics outside of regular classroom instruction. Instructors can include LCO credits on their course syllabi. Please check with your instructor to see if they offer LOC credits.

Students may satisfy LOC credits in one of two ways:

  1. Participate in experiments conducted by Linguistics faculty and graduate students.
  2. Attend a research seminar or colloquium. Attendees must then submit a one-paragraph summary of the talk within one week of attending in order to receive their LOC credit.

Please note that the point values associated with experiments will vary according to their duration (generally 0.5 points per half hour) Whereas, attending a talk and writing a summary results in two LOC points. Each instructor will inform their students as to the number of points needed to satisfy their course.

Who does the LOC Benefit?

The LOC benefits undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and the department as a whole. Crucially, the LOC helps undergraduate students better understand linguistics through:

  • Experiencing first-hand how linguistics research and experiments are structured
  • Learning more generally about the resources (labs, people, event calendars, etc.) available to them in the linguistics department
  • Seeing the ways in which current research is presented and discussed in the department

Participating in Experiments

Your participation in experiments is always voluntary, and you will get specific information about any given experiment before you actually agree to participate in it. Your participation is also anonymous. Although we keep track of the fact that you participated in an experiment, your name is not associated with the data, and your course instructor doesn’t even know which studies you participate in. Additionally, all studies and experiments must be independently approved by the university ethics board before they are allowed to be run.

Research Interest Registration

If you are interested in learning more about the different labs, groups, and research opportunities or want to get involved, fill out the form to stay connected.

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