|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 1,500 word briefing report||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 1,500 word briefing report||100%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
Introduction to language planning
1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts from the field of sociolinguistics.
2. Discuss in detail the process of language shift and the various social, political, economic and demographic factors that are identified as among its main drivers.
3. Evaluate different approaches to the discipline of language policy and planning, and in particular, how they relate to the specific objective of language revitalization.
The module will begin with an overview of certain key concepts from the field of sociolinguistics. It will then go on to consider in detail the process of language shift and the various social, political, economic and demographic factors that are identified as among its main drivers. Finally it will look at different approches to the discipline of language policy and planning, and in particular, how they relate to language revitalisation - an approach to language policy that has the aim of arresting and reversing the language shift.
The module aims to provide a general introduction to the field of language policy and planning, as well as its parent discipline of sociolinguistics, and then to use ideas and concepts from these fields in order to deepen the student's understandings of the twin process of language shift and language revitalization
Understanding language shift
Planning for language revitalisation
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||N/A|
|Communication||Students will develop their ability to present their ideas and arguments both verbally and in writing. They will learn the importance of information and clear communication and how to exploit these. They will learn how to use the many sources of information available and how to use the most appropriate form of communication to best advantage. They will learn to be clear in their writing and speaking and to be direct about aims and objectives. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. Students will also be required to submit their assessment in word-processed format and the presentation of this work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||The module aims to promote self-management but within a context in which support and assistance is available from both the module convenor and fellow students alike. Students will be expected to enhance their own learning and performance by undertaking independant research and exercising their own initiative, including searching for relevant sources.|
|Information Technology||Students will be expected to submit the assessed work in word-processed format, via the on-line platform Blackboard. Also, students will be encouraged to search for sources of information on the web, as well as seeking sources through electronic information sources.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The module will be offered as CPD provision which can be used by individuals to facilitate professional career progression.|
|Problem solving||Independent work and problem solving will be a central goal for the module. While preparing the written assessment students will be required to develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and formulate an answer to the problem; reason logically; construct theoretical arguments; divide issues into smaller problems.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to undertake independent research when preparing for the teaching sessions and also when preparing the assessed work. This will involve utilizing a range of information sources, including core academic texts.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include: • Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module • Evaluate competing perspectives • Apply general concepts and frameworks in relation to complex social and political problems.|
|Team work||For certain topics covered in the module, seminars will consist of small-group discussions where students will be asked to discuss as a group the core issues related to the seminar topic. These class discussions and debates will allow students to approach and examine a given topic through team work.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7