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LING2037 Bilingualism

Dr. Wai Ting Siok

Advanced Course (4-year curriculum)/Senior course (3-year curriculum). Sem 1, 6 credits
Venue: CPD-2.58, Tuesday, 10:30-12:20

Course Description

This course aims to provide a theoretical understanding of bilingualism from a psycholinguistic and neuropsycholinguistic perspective, with emphasis on bilingual language development and mental representations of the two languages. Various aspects of bilingual behavior such as code-switching and language mixing and various factors that may affect bilingual behavior such as age-related differences, the influence of the first language, the role of attitudes, motivation and learning contexts will be discussed and examined.

Course Details

Assessment 100% coursework:Tutorial assignment and performance: 20% of your grade.Midterm Quiz: 30% of your grade.Term Quiz: 50% of your grade.

The quizzes may contain multiple choices, short questions, and/or long questions.

Tutorials There will be two tutorials.Tutorial 1 (Week 7):Should we let children learn two or more languages simultaneously in early childhood?Tutorial 2 (Week 12):

The mental lexicon of bilinguals

Reference 1. Reference Book:The Bilingualism Reader (edited by Li Wei), Routledge, 2007. [A copy of this book is in the AV & Reserve Collection, Main Library (call # 306.446 B59 W41). The Main Library also has one copy of this book. Available in the University Bookstore. ]2. Reading materials will be distributed by the lecturer during class.

Lecture Notes and Suggested Readings

Week Date Lecture Notes Suggested Readings
1 Jan 19 Lecture 1
2 Jan 26 Lecture 2
3 Feb 2 Lecture 3
4 Feb 9 Chinese New Year (no class)
5 Feb 16 Lecture 4
6 Feb 23 Lecture 5
7 Mar 1 Lecture 6
8 Mar 8 Reading Week (no class)
9 Mar 15 Lecture 7
10 Mar 22 Lecture 8
11 Mar 29 Lecture 9
12 Apr 5 Lecture 10
13 Apr 12 Lecture 11
14 Apr 19 Lecture 12
15 Apr 26 Term Quiz




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