ED1BME-Multilingualism in Education

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Naomi Flynn

Email: n.flynn@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
Over the last decade the number of multilingual learners within British schools has risen significantly, which has major implications for the education system and education practitioners. This module will enhance students’ awareness of the impact of multilingualism in mainstream educational settings in relation to language, culture and identity, and will develop students’ knowledge of the relationship between learning English for non-native speakers and wider educational outcomes.

This module aims to develop students’ understanding of multilingualism and the needs of multilingual learners within educational settings in order to support and enhance classroom practice.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

•identify and discuss the theoretical underpinnings of language acquisition, literacy development and learning theory, drawing upon UK and international research findings
•explore current national legislation and language policy and the impact this has on the learning opportunities for multilingual learners
•examine recent national data to ascertain the patterns of achievement for multilingual learners across the curriculum
•identify issues for multilingual learners in relation to cultural and linguistic identity, both at home and at school, and examine how this may impact L2 learning and academic achievement
•develop awareness of effective strategies for the teaching and assessment of multilingual learners across different educational phases

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
•theoretical underpinnings of language acquisition, literacy development and learning theory
•national legislation and language policy
•patterns of achievement for multilingual learners across the curriculum
•issues of cultural and linguistic identity
•effective strategies for the teaching and assessment of multilingual learners

Global context:
This module has a strong global context in its exploration of multilingualism, culture and identity.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, discussion groups and small group tasks.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 6
Tutorials 1
Guided independent study 137 38
Total hours by term 155.00 45.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Written assignment of 2500 words

Formative assessment methods:
Tutorial discussion and feedback

Penalties for late submission:

Following standard UoR policy. The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission during the summer resit period

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 6 August 2018


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