Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World

Online Course

Future Learn
Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World

What is the course about?

Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World
The course Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World is an online class provided by The University of Glasgow through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
This free online course will explore multilingual education and how it can impact and improve education and even wider society.
Course description
  • 3 weeks
  • This free online course will explore multilingual education and how it can impact and improve education and even wider society. Understand why languages matter Our languages are an essential part of who we are as human beings. They are instruments of communication and are often a source of dignity and of human pride. Our life experiences and views of the world are bound up in our languages. Our sense of self might be strengthened by our ability to speak the language we choose or curtailed by our inability to understand the language that speaks to us. Some scholars even say that the right to speak one’s languages should be established as an essential part of the right to be oneself. They suggest that this language right should be honoured in all forms of communication. In this course, you will explore how people’s language practice, and the personal connection people have to the language(s) they speak, provoke important philosophical and pedagogical questions around the ways we form personal relationships, engage in business relations and even view the world around us.
  • Introduction to the course
  • Language ‘riches’: the languages we speak, the languages we learn
  • Monolingualism and multilingualism in today’s world
  • Language and power in a context of globalisation
  • Verbal Hygiene: can or should we ‘clean up’ language?
  • Being a language teacher and learner
  • 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
  • Improve your understanding of the role that languages play in our lives and our 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
  • There are no prior requirements to join this course. As you prepare for it, you should start to consider the following:
  • While the Educators themselves aren’t available to facilitate this run, we encourage you to engage with other learners and there are opportunities to do this throughout the course.
  • The University of Glasgow
  • Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

Prerequisites & Facts

Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World

Course Topic

Language, Teaching

University, College, Institution

The University of Glasgow

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / The University of Glasgow you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World
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