Press Releases 2017

A degree of distinction for Federica

04.07.2017

A high school teacher and freelance interpreter and translator has travelled from Italy to attend her graduation ceremony today at UWTSD Carmarthen. Federica Sarti, from Bologna in Northern Italy, has achieved a Distinction in the MA in Bilingualism and Multilingualism.

MA Bilingualism and Multilingualism

In her first visit to Wales and the Carmarthen campus, Federica is full of praise for the course and the support that she has had from programme director, Dr Hywel Glyn Lewis.  She commented “I found out about the course online and thought that it was ideal.  It has deepened my understanding of how languages are acquired as well as the cognitive benefits of bilingualism”.

Federica studied the course through distance learning, receiving her course material online followed by regular meetings with Dr Lewis via Skype.

Federica, who is attending the ceremony with her mother Miranda Cotti, is one of a number of students from around the world who are studying the programme through distance learning.  The experience has also inspired her to continue her studies and to undertake doctoral studies for the award of a PhD under the supervision of Dr Lewis. The MA Bilingualism and Multilingualism is a unique postgraduate qualification and is the first degree of its kind to be offered in Europe which focuses on the fields of language planning and bilingual / multilingual development, both in Wales and elsewhere.

The programme takes full advantage of the rich linguistic experience offered by Wales’ own bilingual context, as well as University of Wales Trinity Saint David's long-established expertise within this field as part of an extended network of institutions across Europe where studying bilingualism, multilingualism and language planning is an everyday phenomenon.

Dr Hywel Glyn Lewis commented “This course is a unique distance learning course which attracts local students as well as an increasing number from overseas, including those from Brazil and Russia”.

Language planning and the revitalization of minority languages are areas of growing significance for countries across the world as people realise that their indigenous languages are being challenged by English as a majority language. This realisation has led to the need to develop expertise in these areas and to have strategies in place to ensure that their own languages continue to exist. This course, therefore, enables students to acquire that expertise”.

Further Information

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