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You’ve reached the end of the course. We hope you’ve found it useful and inspiring, and that you feel empowered, ready to take the next step.

If you’d like to explore the topic further, the following resources might be helpful:

Further study at the University of Reading

Considering training to be a Speech and Language Therapist?

The University of Reading offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in speech and language therapy. Study with us and you’ll benefit from outstanding teaching informed by cutting-edge research like that in multilingualism, as well as excellent and varied placement opportunities.

Undergraduate entry integrated Masters: MSci (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Accredited by the Health Care Professionals Council: MSc Speech and Language Therapy

Are you interested in becoming a teacher?

Our Institute of Education website features a range of programmes, both University-led and school-led, enabling you to train to teach at early years, primary or secondary level.

Are you already a teacher?

If so, you can deepen your knowledge and understanding of education and educational research with our MA Education degree or the PgCert National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO).

Keen to find out more about multilingualism?

You might be interested in our MA Applied Linguistics or MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Or you can gain a firm understanding of the social, cultural, and linguistic issues surrounding migration and develop your language skills with our MA in Migration and Intercultural Studies.

Have a look at the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism website. There are resources for teachers, SLTs and parents and you can keep up to date on upcoming events. You can also find us on YouTube and Twitter.

Continuing Professional Development

If you are a teacher of multilingual pupils, you can consider membership of NALDIC, the professional association for EAL. NALDIC offers a range of free-to-attend CPD opportunities such as regional interest groups and special interest groups, and membership gives access to a termly practitioner-focused journal.

If you are a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, you might be interested in the RCSLT ‘Working with Bilingual Children’ eLearning course. This course provides advice and guidance on assessing bilingual children fairly and in line with national policy, legal responsibilities and practice scenarios.

Feedback on the course

To help keep this course relevant and up to date, we’d appreciate hearing your feedback on it. What did you like best about it? What was most useful? What topics or concepts could be explained or approached in a more accessible way? Please let us know in the Comments area.

You can also leave a review on Class Central.

Your views: Would you like to take part in an optional research study?

We’d like to invite all learners on this course to take part in a further optional study. You may have already taken part in the study in Step 1.2 and you’re welcome to take part in this one regardless of whether or not you completed the first. It is intended to show us if the course has resulted in a change in people’s perceptions of multilingualism.

By taking part in this study, you’ll contribute to a better understanding of people’s perceptions of what counts as a language and of who is bilingual. We will use the findings to investigate how self-reports of language knowledge can be made more transparent to study participants in research. The University of Reading will share anonymous data collected during the study with other researchers through the University’s Research Data Archive.

To take part in the study, please click the link below. This poll should take 10 minutes to complete. The poll includes six short scenarios on ‘what is a language’, and twenty about ‘who is bilingual’. Please read the statements carefully and choose a number from 1 to 10 for each question. There is no right or wrong answer, we are just interested in your opinions about language and about the monolingualism-bilingualism continuum.

Before the poll questions, we ask you to answer four questions about yourself to understand more about the background of the respondents.

We hope the questions will allow you to reflect on your own mindset and any changes doing the course might have resulted in.

Take part in the study

Your responses are anonymous. Summarised findings will be published on the CeLM website and, in due course, submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. All the information collected during this study, will be stored and handled according to the University of Reading’s Privacy Policy. The survey has also received ethical approval for the research.

Thank you very much,
Prof. Ludovica Serratrice
University of Reading
School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

Please note that this is an independent research study carried out by the University of Reading and your participation is subject to the University’s own policies and terms. FutureLearn takes no responsibility for the contents or the consequences of your participation in this study. Your participation in the research has no effect on your course progress, marks or FutureLearn profile.
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