Issues of bilingualism and bilingual education

Course code LING6060Units 10Level 6000Faculty 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?

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
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)na
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLING1110/1001 or LING1120 or LING6910
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay (3500 words) 60%
Other: (please specify)Poster presentation 40%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentOnly available to PGCW in applied linguistics, subject to standard admission requirements.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LING6060