Identify central aspects around societal and individual multilingualism
Evaluate the benefits of multilingualism of both minority and migrant speakers
Identify issues that arise when people who do not share the same languages meet
Critically evaluate multilingual language policies for both migrant and minority languages
Investigate multilingual practices
In a world of globalisation, people who do not share the same language meet more often every day. Being able to deal with these multilingual practices in an effective way can give you an advantage in your daily life and work.
The challenges and opportunities that we will speak of will be recognisable for learners. The course will also introduce you to real multilingual families who will share their personal experiences with their multilingual situations with you. The issues arising from the individual situations of our families will then be looked at from a scientific perspective.
Definition of multilingualism from an individual and a research perspective
Language attitudes towards different languages
Multilingualism in the urban scenery (linguistic landscaping)
Language policies and the protection of endangered languages
Heritage language maintenance and transmission in multilingual communities
Advantages and challenges of multilingualism in the workplace
Multilingualism in education (the case of the trilingual education)
The role of the English language in multilingual education models
The cognitive advantage of bi- or multilinguals
Types and features of minority languages
New speakers of minority languages
Language contact (contact linguistics)
This course is aimed at a wide range of people with an interest in multilingualism such as migrants, linguistics and language students, teachers, language policy makers, professionals who are working in a multilingual environment or parents, who are considering to raise their children multilingually.
It may also be an interesting addition for learners who participated in University of Southampton’s course on Understanding Language.
However, no prior knowledge is required to take part in the course and we welcome anyone who is curious to know more about multilingual practices.