MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BA Modern Languages and Teaching English as a Foreign Language options

Final Year, Component 03

LG361-6-SP or LG378-6-SP
Multilingualism and Translanguaging in Educational and Social Contexts

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.

Cognitive Linguistics for Second Language Learning and Teaching

This module offers an introduction to the discipline of cognitive linguistics and its application to second (L2) language learning and teaching. It focuses on cognitive linguistics views on the nature of language and language learning with specific reference to the L2 context. Cognitive linguistics sees meaning as the core of language both in relation to lexical items and grammar. Meaning is seen as closely related to general knowledge; grammar as shaped and constrained by general cognitive processes, by the needs of speakers in interaction, and by frequency of use. The module covers key concepts in the field, such as conceptualisation and construal, radial networks, encyclopaedic knowledge and its role in language comprehension and production, metaphor and metonymy, and embodied cognition.

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