Language Education for Refugees and Migrants

Description - Οbjectives

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 and the maximum is six (6) years.

Structure

Entry Requirements

Target-group (following candidate priority)

A) Undergraduate degree holders in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, Education and relevant fields

B) Undergraduate degree holders from Humanities or Social Sciences Departments

Entry requirements

The course is open to citizens of any country. In case a candidate fails to provide qualifications, a special selection process may apply.

Modules' Contents

1st SEMESTER

LRM 50 Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition R[1] (10)

  • Approaches to second language acquisition
  • Affect and other Individual differences in second language learning
  • The linguistic environment
  • Current trends and future directions for the field

For further information please contact:
Student Registration Department: Nafsika Skandali
Tel: +30 2610 367316 – fax: +30 2610 367110 – e-mail: lrm@eap.gr