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LING6060

Issues of bilingualism and bilingual education

10 Units

The course constitutes a general introduction to the topic. Bilingualism can broadly be described as having the knowledge of, and the ability to use, two languages. The course offers an overview of a wide range of important dimensions of bilingualism, incl. conceptual, cognitive, psychological, social, pedagogical, etc. A number of critical issues are considered, such as: What constitutes knowledge of two (or more) languages? How is such knowledge acquired and used? How does bilingual knowledge affect the bilingual speaker's general cognitive capacity? How does bilingual knowledge affect the bilingual speaker's social identity? From a pedagogical perspective, what are the most effective methods of attaining bilingual knowledge?

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate: 1. an understanding of the basic concepts in this field of knowledge 2. an understanding of the critical issues in this field of knowledge 3. an understanding of the different cognitive, social, psychological and pedagogical dimensions of bilingualism 4. an understanding of different competing theories of bilingualism 5. advanced research and general information literacy skills

Content

Bilingualism: basic issues (definitions, descriptions, typology, theoretical and methodological considerations). Linguistic aspects of bilingualism: principal components of linguistic competence (phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical, pragmatic). Psycholinguistic aspects of bilingualism: (first/second) language acquisition; (first/second) language attrition. Psychological aspects of bilingualism: models of bilingual production and perception. Socio-linguistic aspects of bilingualism: issues of identity, class, politics, ethnicity, race, etc. Cognitive aspects of bilingualism: consequences of the knowledge of two (or more) languages for general cognitive ability. Neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism: issues of brain localization, lateralization, maturation (the latter with reference to the Critical Period hypothesis) Educational aspects of bilingualism: relationship between bilingualism and literacy; educational policies.

Replacing Course(s)
Transition Not Applicable
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge LING1110/1001 or LING1120 or LING6910
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay (3500 words) 60%
  • Other: (please specify) - Poster presentation 40%
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Only available to PGCW in applied linguistics, subject to standard admission requirements.
Course Materials
  • Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for LING6060

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