JFG 388H1S

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 distributed via the course website

Assignments and evaluation:

Two in-class tests (2x25%); Two language analyses (2x20%); Participation in tutorials and course on-line discussion board (10%).


(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.