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Migration & Language Acquisition

Language AcquisitionModule Leader – Dr Leena Robertson

Dr Leena Robertson started her teaching career in England over thirty years ago. She has worked in various school roles in and around London. For the past 14 years, Leena has worked in two universities; currently she is an Associate Professor and the Director of Primary and Early Years Programmes and the PGCE Early Years Programme Leader at Middlesex.

Why take this module?

Migration and Language AcquisitionThis module develops students’ knowledge and understanding of language acquisition and migration in the global context of the 21st Century.

The Migration and Language Acquisition online course focuses on two broad but intertwined areas of study.

Firstly through theoretical perspectives and case studies of schools and multilingual pupils, including some very young children, the module focuses on using first, second, additional and home languages in educational settings and critically examines how these benefit learners themselves, their educational communities and the wider society.

Students will critically reflect on how languages that remain alive in learners’ lives will serve as linguistic, artistic, social and cultural resources for the speakers, their families and communities.

Secondly, the Migration and Language Acquisition module examines the patterns of current and global migration. Students’ knowledge and understanding of migrating people include multiple origins and transnationally connected families in complex socio­economic situations. González et al’s (2005) ideas around ‘funds of knowledge’ are used to combine languages and migration within social networks which are flexible, adaptive and active.

How will you benefit?

Learning outcomes: knowledge

On successful completion of the Migration and Language Acquisition distance learning module, the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Additive approaches multilingualism.
  • Languages and the processes of translanguaging as a tool for thinking.
  • Deficit models that surround minority languages and many migrating communities and how to combat these views by examining global mobility and theoretical perspectives on multilingualism.
  • The use of home languages in schools and educational settings and how embedding these in everyday routines and practices accelerates the process of learning the school language.

Learning outcomes: skills

On successful completion of the Migration and Language Acquisition online module, the successful student will be able to:

  • Critically analyse case studies on multilingual learning situations.
  • Find and use reliable data on migration, as relevant to own context and educational setting.
  • Evaluate policy documents in the light of theoretical frames focusing on multilingualism.
  • Use ‘funds of knowledge’ to examine communities’ own responses to multilingualism.

Choose a start date that suits you

Start the Migration and Language Acquisition online course at a time of the year that suits you – October, February or June.

Cohorts begin in February, June, or October.

Book and enrol before 15 June to join our next cohort.

The module content

  • Global trends: populations, migration and the changing terms used to examine these topics.
  • Learning and language acquisition – neo – Vygotskian approach to thought and language.
  • Benefits of multilingualism.
  • Case studies of multilingual communities and community provision for home languages.
  • Practical solutions for supporting multilingualism in educational settings, including new technologies.

Module strands

Module strands are designed to support the learner through the subject area:

Strand 1

  • Gaining knowledge
  • Historical context, current knowledge and research

Strand 2

  • Understanding practice
  • Legislation, guidance, best practice and current practice.

Strand 3

  • Reflection and next steps
  • Developing strategies for change.

How will you be assessed?

Summative Assessment

The summative assessment will meet the module learning outcomes. Assessment is through (usually) three coursework assignments covering the learning outcomes and will consist of the following (numbers in brackets refer to learning outcomes assessed):

Critical analysis (2000 words)

These assignments require the delegate to gather existing information, guidance, legislation, research and data, to critically appraise or analyse it and present their conclusions.

Practice analysis (2000 words)

These assignments require the student to gather information on their own or others’ practice, to review the basis of that practice and to critique it in the light of available theory.

Reflective analysis (2000 words)

These assignments require the delegate to reflect on their practice as they progress through module, as well as on specific tasks or interventions they have observed or implemented.

They will be expected to have made regular reflective notes as they progress, and to be able to critique these in the light of recent research on critical thinking and reflective practice.

Are you eligible?

Do you have an undergraduate degree?

You will need one to take this module.

Already working in an education setting?

You will get the most out of this module if you work in an education setting with children, young people or adults.

Or do you require access to an education setting?

You will need to get written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We will show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting.

Please note

As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This course is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

  • Single payment of £1,300 + VAT.

Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in February, June, or October.

Book and enrol before 15 October to join our next cohort.

Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

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