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This subject examine the phenomenon of bi/multilingualism, from individual and societal perspectives. It enables students to understand the language choices made by speakers in bilingual or multilingual settings, the role of language contact in language change, the relationship between language and cognition and the psychological and societal factors influencing language acquisition, language maintenance and language loss. It also considers educational and political issues associated with bi/multilingualism, and familiarizes students with a range of institutional models whereby citizens can be encouraged to successfully learn and use two or more languages in their daily lives.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- gained an understanding of bilingualism, both as an individual and as a societal phenomenon;
- become familiar with linguistic, sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, educational and political issues associated with bilingualism;
- gained an understanding of bilingual education.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed skills in abstracting theory from practice;
- be able to identify unstated assumptions determining an argument;
- gain formed judgments from conflicting evidence;
- have become open to new ideas and possibilities;
- have improved their oral and written communication.
Last updated: 18 December 2020