Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
27 March 2019
Requisites for this module
LG210 or LG211 or LG212 or LG213
This module approaches the topic of multilingualism from different perspectives by taking a cognitive, educational and social approach. We will consider multilingualism within the individual speaker/language user/language learner as well as the multilingual individual as a member of society.
Topics to be covered include:
- Crosslinguistic influences and interactions in bi- and multilingual speakers
- Metalinguistic awareness in multilinguals
- Psychotypology and 'foreign language' status
- Cognitive consequences of bi- and multilingualism
- Language(s) and thought
- Multilingualism from a usage-based perspective
- Multilingualism in education and in the (language) classroom
- Multilingualism in society
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the complex field of multilingualism and to familiarise you with a selection of topics in this domain in greater depth. We will focus in particular on the cognitive consequences of knowing/using more than one language as well as on how multilingualism is approached in education, both at the level of policy and in the school classroom.
Upon completion of this module, you will have gained an understanding of:
- the concepts of bilingualism and multilingualism and their different definitions,
- how multiple languages are represented in the speaker’s mind and how this may affect the speaker’s use of language,
- the interaction of language knowledge with other aspects of cognition,
- a usage-based approach to theorising and explaining multilingualism,
- approaches to multilingualism in education,
- the status of multilingualism in society.
No additional information available.
One two-hour class per week for 10 weeks comprising a balance of lecture-style input and student-centred seminar activities including discussion and practical exercises.
- Li, Wei. (2000) The bilingualism reader, London: Routledge.
- Li, Wei. (2007) The bilingualism reader, London: Routledge.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Karen Roehr-Brackin (3.306), X2189, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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