Online teaching update:
Starting on March 23, the course will be conducted as an online course. For scheduled lectures (March 23, April 6 and April 27), active students will be invited to a Zoom meeting during which an interactive lecture will be given. Students can participate live or via chat. The lecture will be recorded and made available on the Moodle site for the course. For the lectures consisting of films (March 30 and April 20), the web links to the films will be given on Moodle and students are invited to watch the films on their own.
The course is for everybody with an interest in multilingualism, development and education, and language teaching and learning. The course combines lectures and film screenings with a study day on March 11. The study day features presentations by teachers and researchers of the University of Helsinki and the Université Aix-Marseille on aspects of language learning and sharing in multilingual societies, combined with a round-table discussion exploring the importance of nurturing cultural and linguistic diversity and hands-on workshop sessions in which participants can try out innovative language learning methods and explore language ideologies in practice. The learning situations during the study day covered include Finnish, Somali, Russian, English, French, Wolof, German, Swahili, Hindi, Urdu, Swedish, and Hebrew.
Monday, March 9, 12:15-13:45, Topelia F216
Introduction, preparation for intensive study day on March 11
Wednesday, March 11, 9-17, Athena, Tiedekulma Stage & Think Lounge
Intensive study day “Languages in co-ownership”
Thursday, March 12, 10:00-11:30, Goethe Institute Helsinki
Round-table discussion on languages in co-ownership at Goethe Institute Helsinki
Monday, March 16, 12:15-13:45, Topelia F216
English in co-ownership: screening of the Nollywood film “Phone swap”
Monday, March 23, 12:15-13:45, Topelia F216
A closer look at Nigerian/West African Englishes in their linguistic ecologies
Monday, March 30, 12:15-13:45, Topelia F216
French in co-ownership: screening of extracts of several films from Francophone West Africa (Maïtresse d’un homme marié, Atlantique and
Monday, April 6, 12:15-13:45, Topelia F216
A closer look at Senegalese/West African Frenches in their linguistic ecologies
Monday, April, 20, 12:15-13:45, Topelia F216
Rural multilingualism and co-ownership of languages: screening of the film “Kanraxël”
Monday, April 27, 12:15-13:45, Topelia F216
A closer look at African rural multilingualism
Students who want to take the course for credits need to attend the introductory class and the intensive study day.
By the end of the course, students will have gained nuanced understanding of central concepts of societal and individual multilingualism, focusing on successful strategies for maintaining and nurturing multilingual ecologies in a broad variety of sociolinguistic settings. Through analyzing language use in film, course participants will apply their theoretical knowledge to analyze settings unfamiliar to them. Participants gained practical experience in innovative teaching and learning methods and will be able to transfer them to new situations.
Students are asked to submit a 300 word learning diary entry at the end of every week of teaching plus a 1,000 word diary entry for the study day on March 11 that will progressively build up to a complete learning diary . The learning diary is based on the classroom activities and the set reading. Additionally, they are asked to analyze 10 minute-clips of a selected film by the end of the course.