This module will provide a review of bilingual development, from childhood to adulthood. Some of the issues to be considered are:
Through a combination of lectures and readings, you will become acquainted with the findings of both case studies and group studies of bilingual children and adults (but the module will not focus specifically on L2 acquisition). In addition, each student will participate in a group presentation of one academic article. This will serve to focus student attention on the style of academic papers in the area, as a model for the data-based essay, as well as providing deeper familiarity with ideas relating to the week's topic through the opportunity of presenting them to others. The main theoretical issues debated in both the popular press and the scientific literature will be considered. By the end of the course you should have a good understanding of the complex questions surrounding bilingualism and be able to critically evaluate some of the issues involved.
Note that a Research Extension module can be taken alongside this module, for students who wish to write a dissertation.
This module will be capped at 35.
Information for visiting students: Students are expected to have some experience with data analysis, whether in phonology or morphosyntax.
Three hours per week, of which:
|Weeks 2-5||Introduction to bilingualism, language development and code switching, and familiarization with bilingual language through case study papers and data analysis.|
|Weeks 7-10||Psycholinguistic and educational aspects of bilingualism.|
|Weeks 1-4||Engaging with issues in bilingualism: Group discussions and student presentation of papers.|
Readings will be available through the VLE.
500-word formative essay proposal for the data-based essay, due in Week 7 of Spring term. Students will receive feedback by Week 9 of Spring term.
Each student will take part in a group presentation of an academic article in one of the lecture sessions in Spring Term. These presentations will be formative only, but each group will receive feedback soon after the presentation.
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition, this module provides ample scope for the development of skills in creativity and innovation, in the open-topic data-based essay that you will write over the spring break. You will each choose a bilingual speaker’s dataset and analyse it from a perspective of your own choice. The opportunity to set your own question and find a way to answer it draws on the kind of creativity that will stand you in very good stead in the employment marketplace.
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