Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World

Our languages are an essential part of who we are as human beings. Our relationship with the languages that we use is explored in a new free online course being launched by the University of Glasgow on 4 April 2016.

The course aims to explore how our language practice, and the personal connection we have to the language(s) we  speak, provoke important philosophical questions around the ways we form personal relationships, engage in business relations and even view the world around us.

English is the language of worldwide communication but should this change? How might the claim for people’s language rights challenge the language arrangements in our societies? What is gained and what is lost from speaking a dominant language?

Those registering for Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World, can access the free course on computers, tablets and smart phones, with students working in their own time and at their own pace.  

So far over 3,000 people from more than 80 countries have already signed up for the Multilingual Course, which is hosted by FutureLearn.

About the course

Professor Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at University of Glasgow and one of the Lead Educators on the course said: “In week one we ask “Should we all just speak one language?” which as you may imagine is more complicated a question than it may first appear.

“It is completely free to sign up to FutureLearn and to register for Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World. The course lasts for three weeks, but learners can take as long as they like to complete it, and they are directed online step by step. Uniquely we will explore the ways in which the creative and performing arts can help translate meanings and enhance understandings in multilingual environments.”

Dr Elwira Grossman, Lecturer in Polish and Comparative Literature and the other Lead Educator said:  “Each week introduces a new aspect of multilingualism and multiculturalism with different online activities.

"There are a range of readings and multimedia activities, learners are given video material, short essays, and quizzes, and they are able to test and build up their knowledge more or less at their own pace in a manner that fits around their other commitments.”

You can follow the team behind this course on Twitter – @UofGMultilingua

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First published: 29 March 2016

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