Co-owning and sharing languages, photo by Friederike Lüpke

Sharing and co-owning languages

This course investigates multilingualism from the perspective of sharing and co-owning languages, also exploring the barriers preventing the sharing of languages. The focus of the course is on postcolonial settings, contexts of migration and small-scale multilingual settings, and the different sessions explore how sustainable multilingual ecologies can be nurtured through a number of case studies. Such a perspective includes:

Languages: standards, attitudes to registers and accents, validation and valorisation of particular varieties, regulated
and less regulated spaces, language and racism...

Speakers: licensed and 'illegitimate' speakers, linguistic closure vs. openness to new speakers...

History: colonial languages in postcolonial societies, metropolitan and appropriated forms of colonial languages, teaching of colonial languages, attitudes to indigenous languages, language and nationalism, decolonial visions of language-sharing

Mobility: Multilingualism management in contexts of migration: support for repertoires, Finnish as a second language,
multilingualism vs. bilingualism in English +...

Sustainability: strategies and visions for viable and sustainable multilingual ecologies, at schools, in universities and beyond, plain language (selkokieli)...

Enrol
11.2.2020 at 09:00 - 9.3.2020 at 23:59

Timetable

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.

DateTimeLocation
Mon 9.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 11.3.2020
09:00 - 17:00
Thu 12.3.2020
10:00 - 11:30
Mon 16.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 23.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 30.3.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 6.4.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 20.4.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Mon 27.4.2020
12:15 - 13:45

Conduct of the course

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Assessment

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.