University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

Multilingual Manchester

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Course Details

  • Level: 2
  • Credits load: 10
  • School: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


The unit first introduces students through four lectures to methods of studying language diversity in urban communities and its impact on public service, communities, and civic identity. The focus is on the changes brought about through the complexity of migration patterns, mobility and technology, the concepts of 'super-diversity' and 'trans-nationalism', the value of languages as skills, as indicators of community heritage and of equal access to services, and as marketing tools. Our attention then turns to Manchester's language diversity.

We examine the city's linguistic (and by implication cultural) mosaic, the role of language in access to public services and responses of public services to language diversity (e.g. the structure of language provisions for interpreting and implications for service delivery such as partnerships between public and private sectors), the role of language in marketing and the commercial sector, what we can learn from the city's linguistic landscapes, and what tools can be used to support the planning of language provisions. Following the introductory lectures, students will work in groups on their own projects, with support from Teaching Assistants and, by appointment, from the course convenor. Suggestions will be made for topics, and students will receive technical and logistic support where necessary from the Multilingual Manchester project staff.

For an insight into relevant topics and student coursework carried out in previous years as part of their course unit see the Multilingual Manchester online archive of reports: Multilingual Manchester


Summary of Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities of multilingual urban communities, with special reference to Manchester, and implications for policy and service provision
  • Reflect critically on the meaning of identity and culture in the context of globalised communities
  • Acquire and implement methods of first-hand data collection and interpretation (qualitative and/or quantitative)
  • Work in a team to plan and carry out research and to compose and publish online a research report targeting a wider audience of potential stakeholders



  1. Group work: research plan and outline, 3000 words (50%)
  1. Group work: research report 3000 words (50%)


This course is only open to undergraduate students.

University College course units are available to take on programmes which have 'free choice' options available to them, (i.e. programmes which allow you, as part of the degree programme, to take a number of credits from subject areas outside of your home school). As these courses are credit bearing, you must enrol by following the standard procedure for your school when adding units outside of your home school.

If you are not sure whether you will be able to enrol in University College courses, please contact your School Undergraduate Office to find out whether these options are available for your degree programme.


Dr Daniele Viktor Leggio

Teaching and Learning Methods


1 - 12Thursday15:00 - 17:00

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