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The MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education is an applied linguistics programme with an emphasis on diversity, both linguistic and cultural diversity, which also provides a solid understanding of the theoretical and practical issues that arise in multilingual and intercultural educational settings.

Why study MA Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education at Goldsmiths?

  • You learn how the English language and other languages are structured and used in a range of cultural settings, and how to support the literacy and learning development of students from multilingual backgrounds. The course offers critical engagement with theory, policy and practice, and students benefit from intellectual debates in the disciplines of both education and linguistics.
  • Whether you’re a manager, teacher, researcher, or in another profession related to language and education, this degree will help you develop and add value to your professional life. 
  • You'll gain experience in language teaching, either as an additional or second foreign language, and achieve a wider theoretical knowledge base by exploring topics such as intercultural communication, English language teaching, teaching languages from a multilingual perspective, and race, ethnicity and cultural diversity in education.
  • You'll be eligible to apply for one of three international exchange places at our partner institution, the Federal University of Bahia (Salvador, Brazil). This will not require paying additional tuition fees, and – if successful – you will receive a grant for living expenses while in Salvador, provided by Erasmus+ and the UK National Agency.

Overview

Modules are taught by the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) and the Department of Educational Studies (ES). You complete two compulsory modules, two option modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Core modules

You take one of the following core modules:

  • English in a Multilingual World
  • Language in its Sociocultural Context

And one of these core modules:

  • Biculturalism and Bilingualism in Education
  • Teaching Languages in Multilingual Contexts

In addition to the two core modules, you must choose two option modules.

One of the following modules from the Department of English and Comparative Literature:

  • Intercultural Discourse & Communication
  • Core Issues in English Language & Linguistics
  • Language & Ideology in Written Discourse
  • Analysing Discourse & Identity in Spoken Interaction
  • English as a Lingua Franca and Language Teaching

And one of the following modules from the Department of Educational Studies:

  • Children’s Literature, Culture and Diversity
  • Race, Culture and Education

For the dissertation we encourage hands-on research based on the uses of written and spoken language in a variety of institutional and informal contexts.

Where possible, we'll help you access multilingual settings relevant to you research. This will give unique insight into the practices of British classrooms and different linguistic communities.

You're also encouraged to draw on your own experience or unique cultural and linguistic background.

We run an additional MA study skills module in which we cover topics such as: using electronic resources; British academic essay writing & referencing at MA level; planning a dissertation.

Individual Modules

Some of these modules are also available to be taken as part of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Assessment

Coursework; essays; examinations; dissertation.

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills

You will acquire a wide-ranging understanding of educational and linguistic policy and research, especially with respect to multilingual settings. You will also develop your critical thinking, communication and research skills.

Careers

Teaching (especially language teaching or teaching in multilingual environments), administration and/or management of educational and language policy, publishing, the civil service, the media.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths


Visit the Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education - MA page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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