Multilingualism

Module code: EN7115

In this module, we will talk about linguistic and cultural diversity with a particular focus on bilingual/multilingual and multicultural communities in the UK and elsewhere. We will discuss case-studies on multilingualism in 21st century from two perspectives: a. multilingualism at the individual level (possible topics to be examined: language choice, code-switching), and b. multilingualism at the societal level (possible topics to be examined: the co-existence of more than one language in a society; consequences of language contact – language maintenance, 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.

Students will 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 students in their 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. Assessment is by a summative assignment (1 project, 100% grade). This consists of 3,000-word project relevant to the content of the module. Formative assessment will also be a part of the module to assist students in their summative assessment preparation.

  • “Without a doubt my favorite module, shedding light on language and identity, language endangerment, language shift, language death, language revival, linguistic rights etc. Our enthusiastic tutor shared hands-on, fresh research about the topics discussed, 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

Learning

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

Assessment

  • Project, 3,000 words (100%)