Bilingualism - UiL OTS

Course code
S27
Course fee (no housing)
€150.00
Level
Advanced Bachelor
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Ask someone their opinion on bilingualism and you are likely to hear statements such as: learning two languages from birth confuses children and impairs their cognitive development', 'Bilingual children can't speak either of their two languages properly' or 'You can only become bilingual if you start acquiring your second language as a young child.' Though common currency among the general public, each of these statements is in fact a myth. In this course, you will discover why this is the case as we review some of the most important findings from the research on bilingual children.

This course starts with a general introduction to early bilingualism, discussing myths and facts, introducing key terms and notions, and presenting some actual research issues. Each subsequent lecture will touch upon a specific topic (such as age of acquisition, code-switching and cognitive advantages of bilingualism), providing theoretical background and examples of recent studies. Students are expected to read first-hand literature and to learn develop a critical attitude towards theories and data. The instructor will help them to identify (still) unsolved problems and she will encourage them to formulate new research questions.

This course is offered by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, the home of linguistic and communications research at Utrecht University.

This course is part of the preparations for entrance into the RMA Linguistics at Utrecht University.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Kirsten Schutter, MSc

Lecturers

Brechje van Osch

Course aim

To learn about recent research about bilingualism.

Study load

Daily 2 1/2 hour session; max one hour homework per day.

Costs

Course fee:
€150.00
Included:
Course fee

This is an online course. There is a discount of €50 if this course is combined with at least one more Linguistics course whose title includes mention of UiL OTS and for which the full amount is paid.

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

Application

A motivation letter is required from non-EU residents. You can send it via email to k.schutter@uu.nl

More information

Kirsten Schutter | E: k.schutter@uu.nl | T: +31 30 2536060

Registration

Application deadline: 31 July 2020

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