Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” -Wittgenstein.
This course serves as a broad introduction to contexts and methodologies for language learning, as well as contexts and mechanisms of language attrition and loss. The course explores language learning and acquisition in first-language, second-language, and multilingual contexts, as well as the impact of language loss on individuals and families. Course readings and discussion topics include: First-language acquisition in childhood; second language learning in school settings; additional language acquisition in immersion contexts; development of multiple languages in multilingual settings; patterns of bilingualism and contexts for language attrition and loss in communities, families, and individuals. Through reflective inquiry, students will explore central themes in language learning and acquisition, including motivation, instructional practices, language politics and stereotypes. Students will come to understand how languages are learned and acquired, as well as develop a perspective on how this knowledge can be used in education. Finally, students will engage in critical inquiry to examine the benefits and drawbacks of monolingualism and multilingualism, and take a position on language policy to promote language learning and/or prevent language loss. Evaluation for this course will consist of informal reflective journaling, assessment of in-class participation, a presentation on one of the course readings, and a final autoethnographic essay.

Level: Introductory. Prerequisites: None. Class limit: 15. Lab fee: None.



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