LS3IB-Issues in Bilingualism

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: LS1SG Sounds, Grammar and Meaning LS1ELS English Language and Society
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LS2IB Issues in Bilingualism
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Fraibet Aveledo


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module will introduce the students to the study of bilingualism, examining current theories and research methodologies in the areas of language development, sociolinguistics, education and language policy.

The course aims to introduce the students to key concepts in terminology, major research questions and research methods in the analysis of individual and societal bilingualism. The course will also address the practical implications of this research for education and language policy and will enable students to develop the conceptual and practical tools necessary to analyse and discuss seminal work in the field.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, it is expected that the students will be able to:
•Define the key concepts in bilingualism research;
•Demonstrate an understanding of the main theories and issues concerning bilingual language development, bilingual education and bilingualism in society at Level 6;
•Demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret data at Level 6;
•Gain insights into different aspects in the study of bilingualism.
•Demonstrate the ability to carry out research in small groups.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to develop the students’ oral communication skills and to foster the ability to discuss and analyse concrete data or problematic issues in small groups. Students will become familiar with some of the methods employed in bilingualism research.

Outline content:
The module focuses on the following topics: defining and measuring bilingualism, characteristics of bilingualism, theories and methodological issues, child bilingualism and education, language planning, adult bilingualism.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, discussions and group work in class.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Seminars 4
Fieldwork 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Report 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
1. Students will complete a small-scale project. Findings will be presented in a report of 1000-1250 words and an oral presentation.
Percentage of overall marks: 30%

2. Students will write an assignment of 2500-3000 words on one of the topics covered in the module.
Percentage of overall marks: 70%

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback on presentation of results of field work.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-submission of coursework by 12 noon on the third Friday in August in the year the course is taken.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 27 September 2018


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