LG361-6-SP-CO:
Multilingualism and Translanguaging in Educational and Social Contexts

The details
2020/21
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
15
27 May 2020

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module explores some of the different ways in which bilingualism and multilingualism is/has been understood in different cultural contexts. We will look at some of the different attitudes and expectations around bi/multilingualism and how these give rise to very different social attitudes, social policies as well as personal experiences. We will look at the emergence of the concept of translanguaging and how it is responding to issues of social justice and equality. We will focus in particular on translanguaging and what it offers in terms of classroom practices and pedagogy and what it offers us in terms of our understanding of teaching and learning. Throughout the module we will discuss bi/multilingualism with respect to issues such as identity, power and equality as well as language learning, teaching and educational policy both in England/UK as well as internationally.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce you to some of the different ways in which doing and being multilingual is understood in society with a particular focus on school contexts. The module will introduce you to the concept of translanguaging and will explore how this concept has developed and the impact this approach to multilingualism has had in terms of pedagogy and practice. The module will raise your awareness to the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and will provide you with opportunities to explore how, and in what ways, approaches to multilingualism can shape social views, and influence school policy and classroom practices as well as society more broadly.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you should be able to:
a) critically discuss attitudes and approaches to understanding multilingualism
b) critically discuss the concept of translanguaging and demonstrate understanding of its development/impact on the field
c) identify some of the different challenges in adopting translanguaging pedagogies in classrooms
d) apply a basic understanding of translanguaging and multilingualism to language policy and classroom practice and pedagogy
e) suggest ways of researching/understanding translanguaging and multilingualism

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will run over 10 weeks. There will be 20 contact hours in total, i.e. 1 X 2 hours every week, and these will take the form of lectures, seminars and whole-group discussions. Students will be required to give an oral presentation in the last week of the term. Students will also have the opportunity to have individual tutorials with the module lecturers where they can ask for advice on their oral presentations and project. All materials for the module will be uploaded in advance on Moodle.

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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Individual project    75% 
Practical   Group presentations    25% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Reassessment

Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tracey Costley, email: tcostley@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Tracey Costley and Dr Colin Reilly
Dr Tracey Costley Office:4.127 Telephone: 2227 Email: tcostley@essex.ac.uk Dr Colin Reilly Email: colin.reilly@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

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