Language Education for Refugees and Migrants (LRM)

Description and objectives

Description and objectives

The HOU’s Postgraduate Program entitled as “Language Education for refugees and migrants” is designed for teachers and graduates who wish to complete or deepen their knowledge and skills of teaching the language lesson in various languages, as well as develop new resources they can later apply to specific contexts and levels. The modules will provide postgraduate students with a strong grounding in theoretical literature as well as appropriate classroom methodology, course design and an introduction to the key research tools.

The course aims to provide specialized pedagogical knowledge to teachers in both levels of compulsory education (Primary and Secondary) and to Tertiary graduates who plan to teach, as well as to teachers engaged with adult education in refugee or migrant contexts. It trains Greek and international students to pose and answer key questions in applied linguistics and second language acquisition in the world's numerous, diverse multilingual contexts.

The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to reflect and further develop their understanding of both theoretical and practical considerations in the field of language learning and teaching drawing from the principles of critical pedagogy and translanguaging. It will encourage you to develop a broad theoretical base reflecting current cutting edge research within applied linguistics and related disciplines. Additionally, this course makes links between the different disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of language learning and issues related to language pedagogy focusing on action and activism as necessary preconditions for social change and justice. The programme is designed to be practical, provides opportunities to create bespoke teaching and learning materials, encourages deep engagement with the world of practice through visits to schools, refugee camps or other institutions related to formal and informal learning of refugees and migrants in different sites of Greece and other countries, team-teaching activities and project work.

The general objectives of the master's degree are to train specialized researchers in the main phenomena of language acquisition and applied linguistics in general, who can transfer research results to teaching practice and carry out basic applied research projects. The training will enable students to deepen their knowledge of applied linguistics, particularly with regard to second language acquisition, critical literacy and advances in new technologies for language research and learning. Students will develop greater knowledge and skills in relation to the new linguistic scenarios in schools and general society, and will carry out reflexive teaching practice.

The course’s modules focus on the integration of language, culture, and codes of power as part of the development of formal, informal and non-formal, on-line and off-line educational programs and examine curriculum from a constructivist perspective that recognizes the voices of students, community and teachers as one learning community who inform curriculum and program design. The programme introduces participants to the concepts and basic principles of critical pedagogy; a theory of education that a) gives professionals the opportunity to reflect on their own educational beliefs, practices, and processes and b) gives teachers the voice and tools to reflect upon their teaching methodology vis-a-vis their student's critical thinking, promotes equality and social justice through action research within the school and community.

Learning outcomes

The students are expected to:

  • develop a broad theoretical base reflecting current cutting edge research within applied linguistics and related disciplines
  • deepen their knowledge of applied linguistics, particularly with regard to second language acquisition, critical literacy and advances in new technologies for language research and learning
  • reflect and further develop their understanding of both theoretical and practical considerations in the field of language learning and teaching drawing from the principles of critical pedagogy and translanguaging
  • understand the basic concepts and principles of critical pedagogy in order to reflect on their own educational beliefs, practices, and processes
  • complete their skills of teaching the language lesson in various languages adopting a repertoire approach (translanguaging)
  • develop greater knowledge and skills in relation to the new linguistic scenarios in schools and general society
  • develop new resources focusing on Arabic language and culture they can later apply to specific contexts and levels
  • be able to incorporate cultural knowledge and understanding within the context of the language lesson
  • be able to communicate and cooperate effectively in the context of teams recognizing the benefits of collaborative learning
  • acquire a strong grounding in theoretical literature as well as appropriate classroom methodology, course design
  • create bespoke teaching and learning materials
  • engage deeply with the world of practice through visits to schools, refugee camps or other institutions related to formal and informal learning of refugees and migrants in different sites of Greece and other countries
  • carry out reflexive teaching practice
  • be able to identify and use the most important research tools appropriately
  • be able to pose and answer key questions in applied linguistics and second language acquisition taking into account the world's numerous, diverse multilingual contexts
  • transfer research results to teaching practice and carry out basic applied research projects
  • develop their multicultural, multilingual and critical language awareness
  • be able to help people develop their multicultural and multilingual awareness

The course is offered in English.

Duration of the programme: The minimum duration of the programme  is two (2) years.

 

Entry requirements

Academic Year 2017-2018

Admissions for the winter semester: 150

Target-group:

- undergraduate degree holders in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, Education and relevant fields

-  undergraduate degree holders from Humanities or Social Sciences Departments

  • The course is open to citizens of any country. In case a candidate fails to provide qualifications, a special selection process may apply.
  • The course is offered in English. A competence of C1 level is required. Candidates that have completed their undergraduate studies or their higher secondary education through the medium of English language are not required to hold an English language qualification.
  • As the course has an orientation to Arabic speaking target-groups, competence in Arabic will be an advantage.
  • Competence in any other language as well as professional or voluntary service concerning target-groups with a refugee or migrant background will be appreciated.

Total fees 

Total fees for the obtention of the Master's degree: 3.600 €

Grants

  • The Hellenic Open University (HOU) will offer full grants to 15% of the students enrolled. Priority will be given to asylum seekers and non-EU citizens.

Programme’s Structure

  • Students may choose 1 to 3 modules per semester according to the recommended order of the modules (as presented in the programme’s structure).  

Modules’ contents

 

1st SEMESTER

LRM 50 Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (R*, 10)

LRM 51 Migration, Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication (R, 10)

LRM 52 Critical Pedagogy (R, 10)

 

2nd SEMESTER

LRM 53 Language Teaching for Adult Refugees and Migrants (R, 10)

LRM 54 Language Teaching for Children with Refugee or Migrant Background (R, 10)

LRM 55 Design and Development of Educational Material for Digital Media (R, 10)

 

3rd SEMESTER

LRM 60 Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture (R, 10)

LRM 61 Human Rights and International Law for Refugees and Migrants (R, 10)

LRM 62 Research Methodology in multilingual contexts (R, 10)

 

4th SEMESTER

PR: Praktikum (R, 20)

MA Thesis (R, 10)

 

*R = Required

Guidelines for Module Selection

Students can choose from one (1) to three (3) units per semester.

In the first semester, if you wish to choose one (1) unit, this must be unit LRM50, if you choose two (2), units LRM50 & LRM51 and if you choose three (3), units LRM50, LRM51 & LRM52. In the following semesters you need to choose the units left from the first one (if any) and then one or more of the following in this order: semester B: LRM53, LRM54 and LRM55 and semester C: LRM60, LRM61 and LRM62.

After successfully completing all 9 units, students can move on to the completion of the practicum and their thesis.

 

 

Academic Supervisory Committee

 

LRM50  Maria Papadopoulou

LRM51  Roula Tsokalidou

LRM52  Eleni Skourtou

LRM53  Roula Tsokalidou

LRM54  Eleni Skourtou

LRM55  Maria Papadopoulou

 

Maria Papadopoulou, University of Thessaly, Hellenic Open University Tutor

Maria Papadopoulou is Professor of Literacies and Language Education at the Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Humanities and Social Studies, University of Thessaly, Greece. Her research areas are:  Language Learning and Teaching Second/foreign language acquisition, visual semiotics, multimodal texts’ analysis and multilateracies. She is Director of the lab: ‘Language and Culture’ at the University of Thessaly and has served as Head of the Department for two years. She is also Secretary of the board of the Hellenic Semiotics Society. She has coordinated two (2) and participated in seventeen (17) European and national research projects concerning language education, second/foreign language learning, language education for migrants, Technology assisted language learning, multiliteracies and teachers’ education.   She has also developed resources for language learning.

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Eleni Skourtou, University of the Aegean, Hellenic Open University Tutor

Dr Eleni Skourtou is professor for linguistic and cultural diversity at the Department of Primary Education of the University of the Aegean in Rhodes/Greece.
Her research and teaching (in the context of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral studies) focus on language diversity in education in Greece, on bilingualism, on learning Greek as a second language, on orality/literacy / multiliteracies, meaning making in linguistically diverse contexts and learning, on heritage languages.

More specifically, Dr Skourtou has been researching issues related to the education of bilingual students of diverse background in Greece (i.e. immigrant students, students from culturally mixed families, Roma students). Currently she is involved in the education of Roma children and of refugee children.

Dr Skourtou has published (by herself or in collaboration with colleagues) in scientific journals, in edited books and in conference materials, she has edited books in Greece and internationally, she has provided expertise both for the Greek Ministry of Education and for the Greek Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Roula Tsokalidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Hellenic Open University Course Director

Roula Tsokalidou is a graduate of the English Department of the Faculty of Philosophy, A.U.Th (1989) and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Monash University, Australia (1994), specialising in sociolinguistics and language contact (code-switching and gender).  She has taught English at Khon Kaen University, Thailand, linguistics, sociolinguistics, bilingualism and language teaching at Deakin and Monash Universities (1993-1995) and has worked as a researcher at the Centre for the Greek Language (1996-2001).  Since 2001 she has been teaching at the Department of Primary School Education of the University of Thessaly and at the School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she is currently associate professor of sociolinguistics and the teaching of language. Her publications and research interests lie mainly in the area of language contact, language and gender, bilingualism, immigrant languages, translanguaging and their educational dimensions.  Since 2009 she is the editor and scientific head of the group for bilingualism and multiculturalism in education and society, ‘Polydromo’.   

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Contact

Course Director: Roula Tsokalidou

For further information please contact:

Student Registration Department: Konstantinos Panoutsopoulos

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