LAS4005 : Multilingualism and Society in Latin America
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Josep Cru Talaveron
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To develop systematic knowledge of Latin America as a multilingual region
To develop critical insights into the role that language diversity plays in Latin American cultural,
social and political life
To introduce appropriate theoretical approaches to the study of language in society
To introduce appropriate theoretical approaches to the study of language as a cultural phenomenon
To further understanding of the roles of race, gender and ethnicity in shaping Latin American society,
from the perspective of linguistic diversity
To further develop skills of argumentation and presentation, in speaking and writing
To become familiarised with a broad range of bibliographic and on-line sources for the achievement of
Outline Of Syllabus
Using a combination of sociolinguistic and anthropological approaches, the module examines cultural diversity in contemporary Latin America with special focus on the role of language. We explore multilingualism as a cultural and social phenomenon, as it affects the lives of individuals, on the one hand, and the relationship between State and society, on the other hand. Contact between Spanish and Portuguese and Amerindian languages (eg.Quechua, Aymara, Guaraní, Nahuatl) arising in colonial and postcolonial settings, produces hybrid forms of language that express mixed cultural identities and history. Furthermore, indigenous movements, non-governmental organisations, and government ministries, all have a stake in how multilingualism is managed: language policy underpins political agendas and education programmes, for example. Pulling these perspectives together, we note that people’s attitudes towards language and identity at the grassroots, and state-led strategies for managing multilingualism, are often at odds. Theories of the relationship between language,identity, culture, politics, and society, will be related to Latin American cases of language contact, co-existence and conflict.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||14||1:00||14:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||Seminar|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||4||2:00||8:00||Student Led Group Work|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||2||1:00||2:00||Essay Preparation Advice|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||164||1:00||164:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The mix of lecture, seminar and workshop will allow for imparting of key information, learning of critical analytical skills through textual study and application of knowledge through guided research to be presented as group work in class workshops.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||A||80||The essay should be of 3000 words in length including quotations and notes (but excluding bibliography).|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||20||The in-class test is 1-hour long and will consist of a critical commentary of a set paragraph on one of the module's topics.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The in-class commentary gives students the opportunity to critically engage with key topics of the module content and get early feedback on their work in preparation for the final essay.
The assessed essay provides opportunity for students to engage with the course material and to study other literature on the subject. It also gives them the chance to demonstrate understanding of sociolinguistic and social science concepts and the ability to structure an argument in writing.