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New MOOC: Multilingual Practices

07 February 2017

Together with the faculty of Arts (Minorities & Multilingualism), University of Groningen/Campus Fryslân will start a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Multilingual Practices, Tackling Challenges and Creating Opportunities. The starting date for the MOOC is the 10th of April. You can enlist for the MOOC from today.

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Multilingualism is all around us and it plays an important role in today’s society. In a world of globalisation , speakers of different languages are meeting more frequently with every passing day. Dealing with these multilingual practices in an effective way in your daily life and work can be advantageous. The University of Groningen now offers you the opportunity to explore multilingual practices in a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC).

Over four weeks, this course will explore how multilingualism can work on personal, scientific and policy levels. We will look at:

  • Linguistic landscape and policy
  • Multilingualism at home and at work
  • Multilingualism at school from a cognitive perspective
  • The position of minority languages and dialects

After following this course you will be able to:

  • Identify central aspects around societal and individual multilingualism.
  • Evaluate the benefits of multilingualism for both minority and migrant speakers
  • Recognise issues that arise when speakers of different languages meet.
  • Critically evaluate multilingual language policies for both migrant and minority languages
  • Analyse multilingual practices

About the course

The course includes quizzes, research activities, articles, discussions and videos. During the course we will hear different opinions and ideas about multilingualism from experts in the field, but we want to hear yours too! What do you think of multilingual education? What is your position in the debate on the protection of minority languages? Join us to share your view on multilingualism!

The course will be taught in English by lecturers from the University of Groningen and leading experts in the field of multilingualism will share their ideas with you.

The starting date for the MOOC Multilingual Practices is the 10th of April 2017. The MOOC is open for all who are interested and there is no fee.
Enlist for the MOOC: Multilingual Practices, Tackling Challenges and Creating Opportunities.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are large-scale, free, open and online courses. The courses can be followed by anyone interested in the subject. It does not matter how old you are, or what training you've had - everyone can participate. You can choose both when you want to follow the course and how much time you want to spend on the course per week.

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