Multilingual Communication in the EU


Course Objective

After having succesfully completed this module, students will:
- have a solid overview of the linguistic diversity within and between
all 28 member states of the EU;
- have a clear understanding of the basic terminology within the field
of multilingualism, such as official and non-official languages,
majority and minority languages, heritage languages;
- understand the consequences for EU cititzens of living in a
multilingual environment (both on a personal level as well as on a
professional level);
- will have become acquainted with a variety of solutions that
companies, schools, hospitals, NGO's have come up with to deal with
linguistic diversity within the organization;
- will have become acquainted with the strategies that people (on an
individual basis) have come up with to deal with linguistic diversity in
their lifes.
- are able to analyze situations where linguistic diversity may cause
problems and to help finding creative solutions for these situations.

Course Content

In this module, we will study the linguistic landscape in the EU. The EU
has 28 member states and 24 official languages. In many of these member
states, other languages besides the official language, are spoken as
well, some with an official status as regional language or heritage
language, some without. Recently, a large number of new languages have
entered the EU, as a result of migration. As a result, the EU is
currently home to speakers of hundreds of languages and all speakers of
those languages have to co-exist and to communicate with each other. We
will study the different domains in which this communication takes place
and the different views that EU-countries have on the position of these
languages. The domains that we will concern ourselves with, are personal
life, education, health care, and work (with specific attention for
communication within the European Parliament). Concerning the different
views on the position of languages, we will study the concepts of
majority and minority languages, and official and non-official languages
and the consequences of these views on the personal and professional
lifes of their speakers. We will practice coping with linguistic
diversity by analyzing some real life problematic situations and trying
to come up with acceptable solutions for all those involved.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (2x2 hours a week) and seminars (1x2 hours a week).

Method of Assessment

Written exam.


Will be announced on the Canvas site of the course.

Target Audience

Second-year students in Communication and Information Studies,
specialization .

Additional Information

Students must participate in the real life cases in order to be allowed
to take part in the exam.

General Information

Course Code L_AABACIW203
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. P.H.F. Bos
Examiner dr. P.H.F. Bos
Teaching Staff dr. L. Lagerwerf
dr. P.H.F. Bos

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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