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Postgraduate Course: Child Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (LASC11114)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe aim of this course is to survey current research on bilingual first language development - the simultaneous learning of two (or more) languages in early childhood. It provides an overview of major empirical issues and findings concerning the phenomenon and their implications for acquisition research and linguistic theory.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 11/01/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 75 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) An end-of-semester essay/project (100%)

Assignment deadline: TBC
Word limit: 3000 maximum
Return deadline: TBC
Feedback Students will be given a sample review that follows the format requirements and content expectations along with the assignment instructions. Useful perspectives on critical evaluation of the relevant articles will be addressed in paper discussions during tutorials. Comments provided on submitted assessments
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand current issues in the research on bilingual first language development
  2. understand the relationship between a bilingual child's two languages
  3. understand the role of input in bilingual acquisition
  4. understand 'transfer' effects between the two languages
Reading List
Required readings will be available electronically on Learn. Lecture notes, tutorial material and assignment instructions will also be supplied on Learn. There are no fixed textbooks for the course, but students who wish to read an introductory textbook can consult the following:

Bialystok, E. (2003). Bilingualism in Development: Language, Literacy and Cognition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

De Groot, A. (2011). Language and Cognition in Bilinguals and Multilinguals. Hove: Psychology Press.

De Houwer, A. (2009). Bilingual First Language Acquisition. Channel Books.

Grosjean, F. (2010). Bilingual: Life and Reality. Harvard University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Antonella Sorace
Tel: (0131 6)50 3493
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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