Semester 1 - On Campus
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This subject examines the phenomenon of bi/multilingualism from both individual and societal perspectives. It enables students to understand the language choices made by speakers in bilingual and 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 bilingualism, and familiarises 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 be able to:
- Gain an understanding of bilingualism, both as an individual and as a societal phenomenon
- Demonstrate familiarity with linguistic, sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, educational and political issues associated with bilingualism
- Gain 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: 31 January 2024