LSMIBR-Issues in Bilingualism

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
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 students to key concepts in terminology, major research questions and research methods in the anyalysis 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 students should be able to:

  • definethe key concepts in bilingualism research,
  • demonstrate an understanding of the main theories and issues concerning bilingual language development, bilingal education and bilingualism in society at Level 5
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret data at Level 5
  • Gain insights into different aspectsin the study of bilingualism.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to develop 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 bilingual research.

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

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures preceded by introductory reading provided by the lecturer and course text, and followed by recommended readings from lists provided in supporting materials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 280
Total hours by term 300.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One critical review of a journal of 3,000-4,000 words on a topic related to one of the key themes described in the outline content above.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Coursework must be re-submitted by 1st September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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