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Postgraduate Course: Language, Education and Society (EDUA11046)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis module explores social diversity within languages, and linguistic diversity within societies, and what such diversity entails for language education. It also considers some of the research methods used within these fields. Topics covered:

1. Social diversity within a language

2. Multilingualism

3. Choice of a language as medium of instruction and as subject for study

4. Choice of a particular (standard) form of the language for educational purposes

5. The connection to national identity and other forms of identity

6. Language shift and maintenance

7. Language planning for education: the role of government

8. Curriculum design in a multilingual context

9. The spread of English - views pro and con

10. The effect of English on other languages

11. 'Resistance' as a positive force in the EFL classroom

12. The politics of genre and text

13. Linguistic diversity and language testing

14. Multiliteracies

15. Educational bilingualism and its sociolinguistic consequences

16. Code-switching and its educational and sociolinguistic implications.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The module will be assessed by two short projects and an examination. For the projects, a selection of possible topics will be issued. Each topic will require students to undertake further research on a specific issue.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. develop an understanding of social diversity within English and a range of other languages, and an understanding of the research methods and approaches used to explore such diversities
  2. develop an understanding of multilingualism in the course participant's home environment and its educational consequences
  3. develop an understanding of the connections among language choice, standard language and national identity, and an understanding of the principles of research design used to explore these
  4. develop an understanding of the principal issues that arise in language planning, curriculum design for EFL, and language testing, globally and in the course participant's home context
  5. develop an understanding of the current situation regarding the global spread of English and how it impacts on education and on the study of other modern languages
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information This course comprises:

lecture Tuesdays 9.00 - 10.50
lecture Thursdays 14.00 - 15.50
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Course organiserDr Charlotte Kemp
Tel: (0131) 651 4878
Course secretaryMrs Moira Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206
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