Module QXL-3335:
Bilingual & Acquisition Issues

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Eirini Sanoudaki

Overall aims and purpose

This is a project-based module. The module is a survey of current research and approaches to the study of bilingualism and language acquisition, aiming to enable students to conduct their own research within these fields. It provides an overview of major empirical issues and findings concerning bilingualism and language acquisition, and their implications for research and linguistic theory. The module will have two strands: a bilingualism strand and a language acquisition strand. This will be reflected in the assessments. Students may choose which strand to follow.

Aims:
• to develop students’ understanding of current research and approaches to the study of bilingualism and language acquisition.
• to enhance students’ appreciation of theoretical and empirical issues concerning bilingualism and bilingual or multilingual language use.
• to enhance students’ awareness of the implications of current findings for acquisition research and linguistic theory.
• to provide training in how to conduct research in this area of study.

Course content

Topics will change from year to year and may include:
1. Bilingual social interaction
2. Bilingual first language acquisition
3. Second language acquisition
4. Multilingualism
5. Issues of identity
6. The bilingual brain

Assessment Criteria

threshold

D:
Student has achieved the minimum acceptable standard of understanding and/or knowledge in all the learning outcomes. Student can demonstrate a minimum level of understanding of the basic concepts and be able to apply them to data with some degree of accuracy.

good

B:
Student has achieved a better-than-average standard of understanding and/or knowledge in all learning outcomes, and has a clear and accurate understanding of concepts; ability to apply concepts to data critically and thoughtfully; evidence of wide reading and clear and accurate reference to source materials; free from misunderstanding and errors of content; free from irrelevant material.

excellent

A :
Student has achieved a thorough standard of understanding and/or knowledge in all learning outcomes; or student has demonstrated an exceptional level of achievement in one or more learning outcomes together with a good overall standard. Student has achieved a thorough understanding of the subject, both in terms of content and theory; student is able to apply concepts clearly and accurately; substantial evidence of critical and original thought and analysis; clear, logical argument; high level of communicative competence; free from irrelevant material and errors of spelling and punctuation; evidence of extensive reading beyond basic texts and clear and accurate references to source material.

Learning outcomes

  1. Students will be able to present and discuss key facts, concepts, ideas and approaches relating to the study of bilingualism and language acquisition.

  2. Students will be able to analyse and evaluate competing theories and theoretical controversies in the study of bilingualism and language acquisition.

  3. Students will be able to compare and evaluate the relative and complementary merits of various kinds of competing methodologies, and select an appropriate methodology for investigating specific phenomena.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Poster submission 30
Poster presentation 10
Essay project report 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

One 2-hour lecture per week for 11 weeks.

22
Tutorial

Students are encouraged to see the lecturer on a one-to-one basis during published office hours (or by appointment) to discuss issues with the module content, seek clarification on topics and discussions, and discuss feedback on assessments and class exercises.

2
Private study

Directed Reading - students are given required reading each week (of about 2.5 hours) on the topic of that week's lecture.

28
Seminar

One 1-hour seminar per fortnight (5 over the 11 weeks)

5
Private study

In their own time, students will be expected to do further reading, go through materials covered in class and do further research on the topics, and prepare assignments.

144

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • Understanding of the nature of bi/multilingualism - students will demonstrate familiarity with phenomena and findings relating to the nature of bilingual and multilingual individuals and communities.
  • Writing & scholarly conventions - students will be able to present data, argumentation, findings and references in written form in keeping with the conventions current in language science and English language studies.
  • Analysis & interpretation skills - students will be able to analyse, interpret data accurately, and draw appropriate conclusions based on the application of appropriate analytic and theoretical frameworks available in linguistics and English language studies.
  • Evaluation & reflection - students will be able to critically evaluate a particular position, viewpoint or argument in relation to a specific area of investigation. They will be able to reflect on the efficacy of a particular approach, practice or performance, and moderate these as a consequence in order to achieve specific goals.
  • Fluency, confidence and proficiency in the use of English -students will demonstrate their ability and proficiency to use and understand and instruct others in English in a range of academic and classroom contexts.
  • Awareness of and appreciation for linguistic and cultural differences - students will develop an awareness of and an appreciation for the range and nature of linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Knowledge of the relationship between language and society, culture, and/or embodied experience - students will demonstrate detailed knowledge of phenomena and findings relating to the complex interdependent relationship between language, society culture and/or embodied experience.
  • Knowledge of the relationship between language and mind/brain - students will demonstrate detailed knowledge of phenomena and findings relating to the complex interdependent relationship between language and mind/brain.
  • Proficiency in the use of English in reading, writing, speaking and/or listening - students will demonstrate proficiency in their ability to use and understand English in a range of different contexts and via different media.
  • Understanding of the nature and organization of language - students will demonstrate familiarity with observations and findings relating to various aspects of linguistic phenomena and organization.
  • Understanding the nature of commonalities and differences across languages - students will demonstrate familiarity with phenomena and findings relating to universals and diversity exhibited by and across languages.

Resources

Resource implications for students

None.

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/qxl-3335.html

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: