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Multilingual and Multicultural Communities Level 5

Overview

Module description

Multilingualism is an outstanding feature of modern societies and of large cities like London in particular. This module introduces key theoretical and practical issues in the study of multilingual societies, dealing with multilingualism at the levels of the nation, the region and the group. You will discuss and research issues concerning both familiar and unfamiliar multilingual contexts. This module will deepen your theoretical understanding of how multilingual communities function and change over time, and how this knowledge can be applied in different multilingual settings. You will also be able to critically evaluate research on the topic and design basic research projects.

Indicative module content

  • Language policy (general)
  • Languages and cultures
  • Core concepts and core values in multilingualism research
  • Language attitudes
  • Assimilation and pluralism
  • Minority languages
  • Multilingual regions and nation states: Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, former Soviet republics, Wales, Ireland