JFG 388H1F

Bilingualism, Multilingualism and Second Language Learning


S. Bello


Knowing and speaking more than one language is the everyday norm of people living in much of the world including in multicultural cities like Toronto. Via an in-depth introduction to the cognitive and social underpinnings of bi- and multilingualism including second language acquisition, this course provides answers to questions such as How do bilinguals/multilinguals differ from monolinguals in the ways that they process and use language? How does acquiring a language as an adult differ from when we are children? How do an individual’s language repertoires interact with those of their peers and local community ?

Required text:

E-book chapters/articles/videos distributed via Quercus.  

Assignments and evaluation:

Two tests (50%); three assignments (35%); overall assessment and participation (15%)


  1. Any 100-level or higher language course OR introductory linguistics course (e.g., LIN200, FRE272, ITA360, SLA323/380, SPA322);
  2. At least 4 FCEs in any subject