JFG 388H1S

Bilingualism, Multilingualism and Second Language Learning

Instructor:

S. Bello

Description:

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%).

Prerequisite:

(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.

Exclusion:

FRE388H1