Module code: EN7115

In this module, you'll discuss linguistic and cultural diversity with a particular focus on bilingual/multilingual and multicultural communities in the UK and elsewhere. You'll look at case-studies on multilingualism in the 21st century from two perspectives. The first is multilingualism at the individual level, where you can explore language choice and code-switching.

The second is multilingualism at the societal level. Here you can explore the co-existence of more than one language in a society, the consequences of language contact and language maintenance. This also encompasses language shift, language death, language endangerment, language rights, and language policy and planning. The module aims to lay the groundwork for conducting research in linguistic and cultural diversity.

You'll develop skills to carry out thorough investigations of case studies related to the topics examined during the module. A list of project topics is provided to assist you in your assessment preparation, with the option of designing a new project topic pending approval from the module convenor.

Teaching methods may include workshops, seminars, mini-lectures, an external visit and individual tutorials. A formative assessment will also be a part of the module to assist you in your summative assessment preparation.

  • “Without a doubt my favourite module. Our enthusiastic tutor shared hands-on, fresh research about many topics, which provided us with additional guidance for our assignment.” - Eman Shudooh, 2016-2017 MA in English language and linguistics (Waddington MA Prize for Best Dissertation in English language and linguistics).
  • “The Multilingualism module grounds language in reality, allowing you to explore what makes it such a dynamic device. Each seminar builds succinctly upon the one before, so you’re not just learning about disparate topics, but developing comprehensive knowledge about how the topics intertwine.” - Becky Broadley, 2016-2018 MA in English language and linguistics, part-time.


  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 140 hours of guided independent study


  • Proposal (10%)
  • Project, 3,000 words (100%)