680U (1) Topics in Second Language Studies: UseIntroduction to multilingual and multicultural perspectives and practices

This course introduces students to concepts, theories, policies and practices of multilingual language use (spoken and written), supported by multicultural orientations and practices, within the contemporary context of Hawaiʻi as a society with substantial linguistic and cultural diversity, including indigenous populations, homegrown Pidgin speakers, sojourners and tourists, the results of successive waves of migration, colonization, and globalization. Though recognizing Hawaiʻiʻs unique features, the course also locates Hawai’i within a world in which multilingualism and multiculturalism have become (or always were) the norm in many communities.

The course will be of interest to graduate students with professional interests in language, arising from professional schools or areas such as education, law, social work, medicine, or business as well as those primarily interested in languages, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and applied linguistics.

About the instructors
The course will be co-taught.

Graham Crookes is Professor, Department of Second Language Studies. Resident in Hawaiʻi since 1982, he is a graduate of the UHM Dept of ESL/SLS and the College of Education (Educational Psychology).

Betsy Gilliland is Associate Professor, Department of Second Language Studies. †Her research examines second language writing instruction, language teacher development, and teachers’ action research. She has lived and taught English in California, Massachusetts, Uzbekistan, Thailand, and Chile.

Both instructors are interested in what multilingual and multicultural people do with their cultural and linguistic resources, and influencing Hawaiʻi educational policy so that it more energetically reflects the multilingual nature of Hawaiʻi as potential and as responsibility. Despite continuing covid-19 conditions we will aim for a friendly and interactive online environment.