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2017
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Bilingualism

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities (UU)
Course code
S27
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 400
Level
Advanced bachelor level

Ask someone their opinion on bilingualism and you're 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.

Tags: bilingual, bilingualism, critical period, linguistics, second language

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COURSE LEADER

Kirsten Schutter MSc

TARGET GROUP

Advanced bachelor students interested in recent findings from research about bilingual children.

COURSE AIM

To learn about recent research about bilingual children.

STUDY LOAD

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

FEE

• € 400 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 200 - Course + course materials

All Linguistic courses can be combined. If you apply for more than one course, you receive 50 combination discount per extra course.
This discount will be processed by the course director. If the discount has not been processed please contact the course director.

DISCOUNTS AND COMBINATIONS
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SCHOLARSHIPS

Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

MORE INFORMATION

Ileana Grama
T: +31 (0)30 253 6060
E: i.c.grama@uu.nl

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REGISTRATION

Deadline for registration: 13 August 2017

Application closed