General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the European Union
Language English
Module lecturer Dr Barbara A. Jańczak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 09LSAS.120S.04100.23


Wednesday, 11:30-13:00, Collegium Novum, room 610A

Module aim (aims)

Course objectives:

-Introduction to the phenomenon of multilingualism in relation to the diverse linguistic, social and cultural contexts of the European Union and Poland

-Introduction to the theory of multiculturalism and discussion of this phenomenon in the European Union and Poland

- To provide information on EU language policy

- Analysis of EU documents on multilingualism and multiculturalism

- Introducing students to the theory of 'linguistic landscape'

- Shaping awareness of multilingualism and multiculturalism of Poland and the EU

- Shaping sensitivity to the presence of language and multilingualism in public space

-Expanding receptive and active vocabulary on the above mentioned issues

- Developing skills of communication and cooperation in a group

- Shaping the ability to study the phenomena in the above-mentioned areas

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Knowledge of English at the level of B2/C1





Multiculturalism and multilingualism in terms of sociology - concepts and definitions


Selected EU and Polish documents on multilingualism and multiculturalism


Multilingualism in the context of the language policy of the EU and Poland


Multiculturalism in the EU in the context of socio-economic phenomena: migration and integration (cultural and linguistic)


Language minorities


Multilingualism in public space


Multilingualism and identity


Multilingualism and multiculturalism in the family


Multilingualism and multiculturalism versus education and work

Reading list

Aronin, L., D. Singleton .2012. Multilingualism. Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company

Auer, P., Wei, Li. (eds.) 2008. Handbook of Multilingualism and Multilingual Communication.  DE GRUYTER MOUTON

Gorter, D. 2006. Linguistic Landscape. A new approach to multilingualism. Clevedon et al.: Multilingual Matters.

Heckmann, F. 2006. Integration and Integration Policies. IMISCOE Network Feasibility Study, Bamberg: efms.

Heckmann, F. 2015. Integration: What makes it work? . In: efms paper 2015-01, Bamberg: efms.

Komorowska, H. 2011. Issues in Promoting Multilingualism. Teaching – Learning – Assessment. Warsaw: Foundation for the Development of the Education System.

Kramsch, C. (2011-06-03). "Are You Another Person When You Speak Another Language?". Berkeley Language Center.

Le Page, R., Tabouret-Keller, A. 1985. Acts of Identity: Creole-Based Approaches to Language and Ethnicity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pearson, B. Z. 2009. Children with two languages. In E. Bavin (Ed.), Handbook of Child Language (pp. 379-398). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.