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Module

SEL2230 : Multilingualism

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

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading701:0070:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study541:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time181:0018:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8683Topics in Multilingualism
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Structured online learning concerns delivery of the module content via asynchronous online lectures, videos, podcasts, slides with audio, and other relevant means.

The synchronous online contact time in any given week examines one of more particular aspects of that week's lectures in detail, either with respect to the theoretical or practical material.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster2M25N/A
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

Timetable