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ET324-15 Multilingualism and Culture

Department
Applied Linguistics
Level
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Ellen Smith-Dennis
Credit value
15
Module duration
10 weeks
Assessment
50% coursework, 50% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

Is it an advantage or disadvantage to be brought up bilingual? Is the bilingual or multilingual mind different? How do multilingual individuals draw on culturally shaped understandings of the social world to manage their interactions? In this module you will become familiar with key terms, concepts, theories and research evidence related to linguistic, psychological, and social aspects of bi/multi-lingualism. By the end of the module, you will be able to describe and discuss evidence in bi/multi-lingualism research, analyse the use of language in bi/multi-lingual contexts and evaluate theoretical and empirical research in bi/multi-lingualism.

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Module aims

This module aims to develop understanding of the workings of the bilingual mind, the advantages and disadvantages of being brought up bilingual, and how individuals draw on frames of understanding from diverse languages to construct meaning in social interaction and manage communication with others. You will become familiar with key terms, concepts, theories and research evidence related to linguistic, psychological, and social aspects of bi/multi-lingualism.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Learning multiple languages in childhood
Sequential multilingualism and the critical period
The multilingual mind and cognition
Code-switching
Multilingual societies
Language endangerment
Language policy, planning and education

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to: demonstrate your understanding of key concepts, terminology, research methods and theories related to the linguistic, psychological and social aspects of multilingualism demonstrate a critical understanding of issues related to multilingualism and culture describe and discuss the use of language by multilinguals and in multilingual contexts critically evaluate theoretical and empirical research in multilingualism
Indicative reading list

Bhatia, T. K., & Ritchie, W. C. (Eds.). The handbook of bilingualism and multilingualism (2nd edn) (pp.5-25). Chichester/Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.
Wei, L. (Ed.). The bilingualism reader (pp. 3-25). London/New York: Routledge.

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Interdisciplinary

This module demonstrates how the study of multilingualism is inherently interdisciplinary. We can study multilingualism from a number of different perspectives including linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic and applied linguistics.

International

In an increasingly globalised and mobilised world, speakers of different languages are interacting with one another more and more, perpetuating local and global multilingualism. It is therefore critical to understand how an individual and/or a society becomes multilingual, how multilingual individuals interact, how the multilingual mind works, and how multilingualism can be supported (or not) through policies and education.

Subject specific skills

Describe and discuss theory and evidence in bilingual first language acquisition research
Demonstrate their understanding of key concepts, terminology, research methods and theories of bilingualism
Describe and discuss the use of language in bilinguals
Evaluate theoretical and empirical research in bilingualism
Be familiar with theory, research findings, research methods related to bilingualism

Transferable skills

Communicate clearly in oral presentation and written work
Retrieve, evaluate critically and select relevant information to support coherent arguments

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 9 sessions of 2 hours (12%)
Seminars 9 sessions of 1 hour (6%)
Other activity 4 hours (3%)
Private study 119 hours (79%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Reading subject materials
Homework tasks
Assignments
Revision

Other activity description

Revision sessions

Costs

No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group C2
Weighting Study time
2000 word assignment 50%
Online Examination 50%

~Platforms - AEP


  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
Feedback on assessment

Written feedback on the assignment will be provided on the Centre's standard feedback sheets, which conform to Faculty regulations. This will include both summary and detailed feedback. Where appropriate, additional feedback may be provided via personal meetings with the tutor.

Past exam papers for ET324

Courses

This module is Core for:

  • Year 3 of UPSA-C802 Undergraduate Psychology with Linguistics

This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 3 of UETA-Q1T6 Undergraduate Linguistics with Arabic
  • Year 3 of ULNA-R9QB Undergraduate Modern Languages with Linguistics (3 year)

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 4 of ULNA-R1Q3 Undergraduate French and Linguistics
  • Year 3 of UETA-X3Q5 Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication
  • Year 4 of UETA-X3Q8 Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 4 of UETA-X3Q6 Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (with Year Abroad)
  • Year 3 of UETA-Q1R1 Undergraduate Linguistics with French
  • Year 3 of UETA-Q1A1 Undergraduate Linguistics with French (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 4 of UETA-Q1A2 Undergraduate Linguistics with German (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 3 of UETA-Q1T2 Undergraduate Linguistics with Japanese
  • Year 3 of UETA-Q1A8 Undergraduate Linguistics with Japanese (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 4 of UETA-Q2T2 Undergraduate Linguistics with Japanese (with Year Abroad)
  • Year 3 of UETA-Q1R5 Undergraduate Linguistics with Portuguese
  • Year 3 of UETA-Q1R4 Undergraduate Linguistics with Spanish
  • UETA-Q1A4 Undergraduate Linguistics with Spanish (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 3 of Q1A4 Linguistics with Spanish (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of Q1A4 Linguistics with Spanish (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 3 of UETA-Q310 in English Language and Linguistics
  • Year 4 of UETA-Q311 in English Language and Linguistics (with Intercalated year)

This module is Core option list A for:

  • Year 4 of ULNA-R2Q2 Undergraduate German Studies with Linguistics
  • Year 4 of ULNA-R9Q2 Undergraduate Modern Languages with Linguistics

This module is Core option list B for:

  • Year 4 of ULNA-R9Q1 Undergraduate Modern Languages and Linguistics

This module is Core option list C for:

  • Year 4 of ULNA-R1Q2 Undergraduate French Studies with Linguistics
  • Year 4 of ULNA-R4Q1 Undergraduate Hispanic Studies and Linguistics

This module is Option list A for:

  • Year 4 of ULNA-R9Q1 Undergraduate Modern Languages and Linguistics

This module is Option list D for:

  • Year 4 of ULNA-R2Q3 Undergraduate German and Linguistics