Topics will be determined by the students based on their selection of texts for reading and discussion. Possible areas of investigation include:

  • Theoretical and philosophical understandings of linguistic diversity
  • Language loss and endangerment (case studies and theory)
  • Globalisation, mobility and the emergence of new forms of (super)diversity
  • The management and regulation of diversity through language policy and planning




The aim of the course is to enable students to consolidate and expand upon particular aspects of what they have learnt and undertaken in their studies thus far. The course will have a strong theoretical focus but will also present students with the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-life situations and practices and undertake empirical research. Students will be strongly encouraged to work independently and given the freedom to pursue their own particular areas of interest within the colloquium topic.




The class will meet for two hours every week. There will be no formal lectures. Weekly sessions will involve a mixture of theoretical reflection, student-led discussions of key literature and case studies and informal presentations of students’ own work and reflections. The course will culminate in the organisation of a mini-conference in which students will have the opportunity present their work in a more formal-style academic context.




Assessment for the course is 100% coursework.

Presentation and class contributions 50%
Website contribution 50%







Texts will be selected by the students in consultation with the teacher.

A select bibliography of relevant preparatory and background reading will be made available during the first semester.



Last updated: 14 April 2016