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

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts in this field of knowledge
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the critical issues in this field of knowledge
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the different cognitive, social, psychological and pedagogical dimensions of bilingualism
  4. demonstrate an understanding of different competing theories of bilingualism
  5. demonstrate advanced research and general information literacy skills
  • 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.

Assumed Knowledge LING1110/1001 or LING1120 or LING6910
Assessment Items
  • Essay: Essay
  • Presentation: Poster Presentation

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LING6060
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