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Multilingual Practices: Tackling Challenges and Creating Opportunities

University of Groningen via FutureLearn

12 Reviews 2884 students interested
Found in Foreign Language
  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate $84 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Overview

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In a world of globalisation, people who do not share the same language meet more often every day. Being able to deal with these multilingual practices in an effective way can give you an advantage in your daily life and work.

The challenges and opportunities that we will speak of will be recognisable for learners. The course will also introduce you to real multilingual families who will share their personal experiences with their multilingual situations with you. The issues arising from the individual situations of our families will then be looked at from a scientific perspective.

This course is aimed at a wide range of people with an interest in multilingualism such as migrants, linguistics and language students, teachers, language policy makers, professionals who are working in a multilingual environment or parents, who are considering to raise their children multilingually.

It may also be an interesting addition for learners who participated in University of Southampton’s course on Understanding Language.

However, no prior knowledge is required to take part in the course and we welcome anyone who is curious to know more about multilingual practices.

Taught by

Nanna H Hilton and Joana Duarte

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4.8 Based on 12 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
My favourite MOOC so far. It uses quizzes rather than tests - things aren't graded - such that your contributions and learning is rather relaxed. There's a lot of interviews with multilinguals, not only Frisian but also some Germans, Spanish and Indians, all with good English subtitles. The exercises help you understand the concepts well and the concepts you learn are explained in reasonable length articles - not too short not too long. The course captured my attention for all the time I studied it and it's fun to spend some 2-3 hours on a Sunday working through the material.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
For my physics-trained mind, this course was a bit "light and fluffy" in that I’m still wondering what I’ve learned here after four weeks. I did learn lots of terms and their meaning in the context of bi- and multilingualism. But the best thing was that in connection with the lessons, there was a lot of interaction with other participants. Along with some nice practical videos, these communications placed the material in the context of actual situations, showing its relevance for our and other people’s lives.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Since I couldn´t finish it within a month, I paid the fee to have access also afterward and I don´t regret it! I really enjoyed the content as well as the approach of the course. Very informative studies are summarised in a comprehensible way. The interviews with speakers of different languages were on point and a unique opportunity. The dynamic quizzes were really useful to prove the comprehension of the content. And the best part, reading the contributions of other students! Definitely worth it.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is very insightful and well planned, with several extra links to specific documents for further reading on the topic being discussed. The course encourages discussion between participants and the comments area is always lively with students replying to many different conversations! It's a supportive learning environment, and this course has good content, so definitely give it a try if you're interested in this subject!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
A really enjoyable and informative course. Not too academically complex, but providing a wealth of concepts, by means of videos/articles/discussions on the theme of multilingualism. Well presented and informal in nature. I look forward to other linguistic-based courses from the University of Groningen on the Futurelearn platform. Many thanks to all concerned.
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Edmar O
5.0 5 months ago
Edmar completed this course.
This course exceeded my expectation about multilingualism. It gave succinct and extensive ideas and perspectives of multilingualism which are valuable insights for me to understand the multilingual realities of my students. With the insights from the lessons, I can already formulate my own classroom language policy for the class or guide the class in formulating one.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a really good course about multilingualism. Great materials and really enjoyable and eye-opening discussions and tasks. For everybody who works with immigrant kids or adults, wants to preserve a minority language or has always wondered how it feels to be bilingual.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a really fascinating experience to study with them even though it's for a short time.I've taken the course on the FutureLearn and it's definitely whetted my appetite.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
A very interesting course! Highly recommended. A great overview of multilingualism in practice. I enjoyed very much going through the contents of this Mooc.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I think it's a good course and FutureLearn programs are always well-structured. There's interesting input from learners' knowledge and experience, too
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course for a quick overview of the subject! Does not require a lot of time and effort when you have a busy schedule!
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