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SEL2230 : Multilingualism

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rebecca Woods
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module focuses on the acquisition, retention and use of two or more languages throughout the lifespan of an individual. It considers how two or more languages are represented in one mind, how languages interact in use, as well as building on and extending students' knowledge of first and second language acquisition and language change. It also considers issues around the role of languages in shaping identity and society.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered in this module will include:

•       Bi/multilingual first language acquisition (phonology and syntax)
•       Biliteracy
•       Effects of multilingualism on non-linguistic cognitive processes
•       L2 language acquisition in adults
•       Language attrition
•       Heritage languages
•       Language policy in multilingual contexts and the politics of multilingualism

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading701:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study541:0054:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8683Topics in Multilingualism
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures present the module content.

The seminars in any given week examine one of more particular aspects of that week's lectures in detail, either with respect to the theoretical or practical material.

The drop-in/surgery sessions are for student consultation on the mid-semester and final assessments.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A753000-word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The mid-semester presentation evaluates the ability to work to collect, tabulate and analyse data and present the results as a poster.

The essay enables the students to demonstrate their engagement with the subjects presented during the course of the module.

Reading Lists