General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the European Union
Language EN
Module lecturer dr Barbara Alicja Jańczak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 09-WWUEwj-PIE-11


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, knowledge of German - useful but not necessary


Week 1:                        Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the EU - Introduction

Week 2:                        Dimensions of Multilingualism

Week 3:                        Theory of Multiculturalism

Week 4:                        Critical Period Theory

Week 5:                        Diglossia

Week 6:                       Multilingualism in public spaces - Linguistic Landscape

Week 7:                       Language and Identity

Week 8:                       Multilingualism in the context of EU language policy

Week 9:            Selected documents on multilingualism and multiculturalism: European Charter for Regional of Minority Languages      

Week 10:          Language minorities in Poland  

Week 11 and 12: Multiculturalism of the EU in the context of socio-economic phenomena: migration and   integration (cultural and linguistic)            

Week 13:          Multilingualism and multiculturalism in the family

Week 14:          Multilingualism and multiculturalism in education and work

Week 15:          Repetition of content

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.