Case Study: Reading Community Learning Centre
In the lectures and in your reading we have explored different types of migration across the world and throughout history. For this assignment you will need to draw from some of this reading in order to select one of the following three case study topics and evaluate the relevance of using linguistic ethnography to investigate language and migration in this context:
How can linguistic ethnography be used to explore the role that language learning plays in the charity’s work? How can the learning trajectories of learners be investigated as well as the role of language within these trajectories and those of learners’ families? You should refer to data collection methods and data analysis methods for using a linguistic ethnographic approach.
How can linguistic ethnography be used to explore the role of employment in the activities that RCLC provides its learners? What kinds of work did the clients do before they migrated to the UK (include work in the house), what type of work do they do now or aim to do in the future, and how can linguistic ethnography help us understand the role of work in their lives? What sort of barriers have they faced and what role does language play in opening up employment opportunities as well as closing down opportunities for the clients? You should refer to data collection methods and data analysis methods for using a linguistic ethnographic approach.
How can linguistic ethnography be used to explore issues related to loneliness and isolation in RCLC clients’ lives and the lives of their families? How does the charity support isolated/vulnerable women/men, what activities does it provide, what role do all the languages that the learners use play in enhancing the clients’ resilience, and how can linguistic ethnography help us investigate these issues? You should refer to data collection methods and data analysis methods for using a linguistic ethnographic approach.
You will need to explain the countries of origin that RCLC’s learners represent (e.g. refugees from Syria or economic migrants from Bangladesh) and provide some background information about who these migrants are (please use pseudonyms rather than real names)
You will also need to explain what kind of migration this is (e.g. forced migration, voluntary migration) and link this to the types of migration we have studied on the module by referring to ONE theory of migration (e.g. globalization, transnationalism).
Please email your choice of case study to Tony by the end of Week 9 (or before) so he can agree the case study is suitable.
Write a 2,500 word case study that will be provided to RCLC dividing your report into the following five sections:
For this task, you should make reference to relevant literature in Section 3 and 4 where you discuss the key concepts for your essay.
* Criteria 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are weighted more heavily than Criteria 6 in the marking.