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The main focus of this course is learning and learning processes in a multicultural and multilinguistic context. The course shall enable the student to adapt teaching to a classroom with pupils with diverse backgrounds. The relation between language, identity and culture is central, and particular emphasis is placed on minority pupils’ development of self-confidence and identity related to language and culture. The course will give the student insight into the school’s importance for creating motivation to learn, especially for pupils with challenges. Knowledge about the school’s stakeholders and the purpose of the ability to interact with other central stakeholders is important. In schools with minority pupils, it is important to have the ability to relate to the National Curriculum and the mapping tools that have been developed for this group. This will be emphasised. Emphasis will also be placed on the students’ professional digital skills.
The course will include various approaches and possibilities for students to reflect on individual life experiences related to subject literature and practice. The course’s approach will, therefore, emphasise dialogue and personal engagement in relation to the themes that are discussed. This includes bilingual competence and cross-cultural experiences related to social interaction crossing different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
The teaching will be based on course sessions, four in the autumn semester and four in the spring semester. Between course sessions at UiA the students will work with subject matter individually and in groups. Central work methods are lectures, seminars, oral presentations, self-study, group discussions, teaching practice and documentation of completed practice activities. Students will use digital tools in teaching and when following up practice. A period professional, supervised training of 20 days is included in the course.
Assignments and approval of three work tasks, one of which must be related to the practice period. There is a mandatory oral presentation after the practice has been completed. A practice report must be submitted.
The workload is estimated at about 800 hours.
Further information will be published on Canvas when the semester starts.
Faculty of Humanities and Education