Netherlands, Utrecht

Bilingualism - UiL OTS

when 31 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 200

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 (language separation, bilingual lexicon, 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.

Course leader

Kirsten Schutter, MSc

Course aim

To learn about recent research about bilingual children.

Fee info

EUR 200: Course fee
EUR 200: Housing fee

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