1. Consider key concepts in language use, diasporas and transnational communities

THE LANGUAGE OF MULTILINGUAL COMMUNITIES ED4008

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MODULE AIMS

 

  • To introduce key terms and concepts for the study of language, society and culture.

 

  • To introduce and examine the phenomenon known as ‘diaspora’.

 

  • Examine the historical, social and cultural contexts of transnational migration as the underlying bases of diasporic migration.

 

  • Reflecting on diversity in British society, including students’ personal perspectives on issues such as multiculturalism, and difference.

 

 

MODULE THEMES

 

Language and social class/groups investigates how an individual’s group membership can be correlated to the way they speak. 

 

We will examine some key aspects of language and identity, and consider cross-cultural communication and miscommunication.

 

Language and power is an area of study that looks at how language interacts with rights, roles and relationships to create situations where ‘power’ is negotiated among speakers.

 

Introduction to and definitions of ‘diaspora’, including case studies of diasporic migration; identification of themes, particularly language, that emerge from the accounts of global human dispersal.

 

Introduction to the work of diaspora and language theorists to view diaspora issues regarding language.

 

Examining the phenomenon of ‘globalisation’, and the evolution of language, and its impact on diaspora communities in Britain.  Reflecting on relationships with ‘home’ and ‘host’ in the context of ‘globalisation’ and language.

 

 

 

 MODULE LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

 

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

 

Knowledge

 

1.  Consider key concepts in language use, diasporas and transnational communities

 

 

Thinking skills

 

2.  Reflect upon the impact on language of discrete communities by diasporas and indigenous and transnational communities.

 

3.  Consider the attitudes to language of diasporas and transnational communities by their own and indigenous communities.  Analyse the language of individuals and/or communities.

 

 

Learning skills

 

4.      Express a range of ideas using appropriate spoken and written English, demonstrating understanding of academic writing conventions and styles as specific to the subject discipline.

 

5.      Demonstrate appropriate academic integrity, avoiding plagiarism and/or collusion and/or other forms of academic misconduct, by use of citation and reference as appropriate for the degree subject, using their own academic voice.

 

6.      Demonstrate evidence of reflection on performance on a piece of work by implementing feedback given, and demonstrating this in subsequent work.

 

7.      Demonstrate appropriate use of technology to facilitate studies, e.g. use of information resources, production of coursework, communication with tutors and peers.

 

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