LRM54: LANGUAGE TEACHING FOR CHILDREN WITH REFUGEE OR MIGRANT BACKGROUND

Module Code: LRM 54

ECTS Credit Points: 10

Module Type: Compulsory

Semester offered: Second (2ο)

Coordinator: Eleni Skourtou

Language: English

General Description of LRM54

This course aims to introduce students to current issues of second language learning / teaching in a context characterized by extreme instability and cultural / linguistic discontinuity, stress. Our students are immigrant or/and refugee children with or without school experience in the country of origin. We need to understand the prior and community knowledge they bring with them, their linguistic repertoire, their educational experience. We explore ways how to bridge the gaps between old and new knowledge, first language(s) and the school language. Our main objective is to understand, meet their needs, provide a secure and empowering context that enables children to feel accepted and learn while tapping into all the linguistic knowledge they possess. Within the course we will discuss issues of bilingualism and second language learning, translanguaging, scaffolding, meaning making and literacy in linguistically diverse contexts. We will investigate innovative and alternative ways of assisting children develop their linguistic skills, their biliteracy and their self-esteem.

After studying the relevant bibliography and educational material, students will be provided with the opportunity to make educational proposals, to develop their own material for a population of refugee or migrant children, material that will cater for the unique needs of the given population, in terms of age, language level, cultural values and everyday needs.

Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students are expected to:

  • be able to make the linguistic and educational portrait of refugee / migrant children

  • appreciate the value of prior knowledge and first language(s) for learning / teaching a second language

  • discuss the functions of the parallel use of different languages

  • approach critically material that is available for the teaching a second language

  • appreciate the specific needs of refugee/migrant children as language learners

  • develop their own material that could address the linguistic needs of refugee and migrant children who are learning a second language

Subjects

  • Formal and Informal Inclusive Education for Children

  • Children’s Sociolinguistic Profile, Course Design, Class Management and Evaluation

  • Situated and Collaborative Learning

  • Perspectives and Methodologies

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this module.

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