Certificate of Achievement
has completed the following course:
In this course we invite you to discuss (with the educators and other learners) the role that languages play in our lives. We invite you to focus on the affective, social, cultural as well as the more institutional implications of the language(s) people speak, and on what would be gained – or indeed lost – if the world population had spoken only one language.
3 weeks, 4 hours per week
Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies
The University of Glasgow
- Improve your understanding of the role that languages play in our lives and societies
- Develop a deeper awareness of the implications of the language(s) people speak
- Assess the implications of the languages that are taught/learnt
- Reflect critically on what it means to be a language learner
- Develop some knowledge on verbal and visual communication and how it can be enhanced for professional and everyday purposes
- Reflect critically on the aesthetic and creative processes involved in learning languages
- Apply what you have discussed and learnt to your professional and everyday life
Week 1. Should we all just speak one language?
- Introduction to the course
- Language ‘riches’: the languages we speak, the languages we learn
- Monolingualism and multilingualism in today’s world
Week 2. What do we do about the danger in a single language?
- Language and power in a context of globalisation
- Verbal Hygiene: can or should we ‘clean up’ language?
- Being a language teacher and learner
Week 3. Everyone is a language learner, and learning languages is a creative art
- Language learning as creative art, and the role of creative arts in language learning
- The freedom to achieve potential: the ‘capabilities approach’
- End of course peer review reflection
Issued on 22nd May 2017
The person named on this certificate has completed the activities in the transcript above. For more information about Certificates of Achievement and the effort required to become eligible, visit futurelearn.com/proof-of-learning/certificate-of-achievement.
This certificate represents proof of learning. It is not a formal qualification, degree, or part of a degree.
Free online course: