This course provides an overview of current knowledge about the nature of speaking multiple languages. The course is taught through a flipped classroom approach. This means that lectures are posted and viewed before class and class time is spent on cooperative and individual project work. Through a variety of delivery modes, students will explore current issues in the learning and using of more than one languages by individuals and groups. This includes the effect of demographic changes on language learning, educational achievement and social stratification by individuals and groups in multilingual societies. The socio-political and individual interactional implications of bilingualism and diglossia in communities around the world will also be examined.
This course requires collaboration in and outside of class. It is essential that students complete the readings and view the lectures prior to the material being covered in class. To help students process the information presented, they will be asked to give their reactions to the assigned readings in peer and group discussions in class and online. Students must also be prepared to work in small groups, in and outside of class, to complete the required assignments.