This module aims to offer reflective insights into theoretical frameworks, core perspectives, and methodological issues that have been introduced in the fundamental modules of this programme. It also introduces students to empirical studies and new approaches to the study of language and literacy practices in multilingual contexts, so as to equip students with in-depth knowledge and skills necessary to engage in theoretical and empirical studies of multilingualism.
A Show the difference between theoretical models, core perspectives, and methodologies. B Apply different concepts or frameworks of linguistic landscape, urban geography, superdiversity, post-nationalism, political economy, etc. to multilingualism research. C Critically evaluate a range of theoretical models, research methodologies, and empirical studies. D Critically examine multilingual phenomena in various contexts, such as advertising, landscapes, schools, homes, workplaces, communities, and social media. E Propose and conduct both theoretical and empirical research in multilingualism.
The module will be delivered through a combination of seminars, case studies, invited lectures, and oral presentations. Each topic will be assigned one or two seminar sessions, depending on the topic under discussion. The students are encouraged to be highly engaged with each topic through making good preparations, conducting deep discussion, self-reflection, and being given opportunities for oral presentations and critical application of models, perspective and methodologies.