Issues of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education

Course code LING2502Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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?

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013
ObjectivesUpon 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
ContentBilingualism: 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)LING3400 Issues of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
TransitionStudents who have previously completed LING3400 Issues of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education are not permitted to enrol in LING2502
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLING1110/1001 or LING1120
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2500 words 40%
Quiz - On-lineFour multiple-choice quizzes (administered through Blackboard) 15% each: 60%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThe 6000 level version of the course will only be available for PGCW in applied linguistics, subject to standard admission requirements.