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Unit information: Language, Literacies and Identities in 2021/22

Unit name Language, Literacies and Identities
Unit code EDUC20010
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Rowsell
Open unit status Not open

EDUC10003 Learning Lives



School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides an overview of the study of language and literacy practices to be found within society and across multilingual contexts. Students will examine the interconnectedness of language and literacy practices and their role in the construction of identities. They will consider multilingual and multiliterate approaches to the study of language and literacy that capture the linguistic and cultural diversities that mark 21st century learning, including the impact of digital practices. They will explore how local, global and transnational language and literacy practices interconnect over the life course.

The aims of the unit are to enable students to:

  • recognise the role language and literacy learning play in a diverse society;
  • develop their awareness of the links between identity and multilingual language and literacy practices and how these change over the life course;
  • discuss some of the key concepts that account for the ways in which the local and the global interact in shaping language and literacy practices over the life course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. discuss the main concepts and theories that underpin research on language and literacy as social practices and the formation of identities;
  2. recognise the different debates within the literacy field about the relevance of local and transnational literacy practices and how they shape multilingual and multiliteracies practises in and outside classroom contexts;
  3. present a well-argued interpretation of how debates on language and literacy practices apply to their own experience.

Teaching Information

This unit will be taught using a blended approach consisting of synchronous and asychronous activities that include: seminars, narrated powerpoint lectures, investigative activities, debates, presentations. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment:

Seminar sessions on developing critical thinking skills and writing online responses

Seminar session on biographical narrative writings and reflections; sharing of draft biographical writing and peer reviewing of writing samples and student work.

Summative assessment:

1) ILO 1-3: A 1,000 word autobiographical reflective piece relating to their own literacy and language learning experiences. (40%)

2) ILO 1-3: A 1, 500 word response to a critical reflection on any of the key themes covered in the unit uploaded to the online forum (60%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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