LING1901 Language Learning and the Multilingual World

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Opportunities in the global community depend on communication between people of different cultures and languages, across the world or within a single country. This unit explores three aspects of this global multilingualism from linguistic perspectives. Firstly, it examines the background of the distribution of languages around the world and their statuses in the social contexts of different countries. Secondly, just as different cultures may have different languages, there are also different ways of communicating. Even where people are speaking the same language, these different ways of communicating can result in miscommunication which is sometimes subtle and can undermine the goals of their interaction. Thirdly, the unit examines the two main strategies to bridge the gap between languages—learning another language and using translation and interpreting.
Students are able to (1) describe the general pattern of diversity of the world's languages, their geographical distribution, and the social contexts of multilingualism from the perspective of sociolinguistic theory; (2) demonstrate understanding of communicative difference across cultures from linguistic perspectives, including cross-cultural pragmatics and contrastive analysis; and (3) demonstrate understanding of the nature and theories of the acquisition and use of second languages, and understanding of theories of translation and the practical and ethical issues in interpreting.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) examination; and (3) tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
Unit rules
LING1103 Language, Culture and Society; LING2240 Language Learning and Applied Linguistics
Contact hours
36—lectures: 2 hours per week (over 13 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
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