Multilingualism and Translanguaging in Educational and Social Contexts

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Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
27 May 2020


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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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Individual project  26/04/2021  75% 
Practical   Group presentations  29/03/2021  25% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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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



External examiner

Ms Irena Kuzborska
Available via Moodle
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863 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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