Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hours per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2500 word assignment- essay 1  50%
Semester Assessment 2500 word assignment- essay 2  50%
Supplementary Assessment 2 x 2500 word assignment  All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%. New assignment titles will be issued.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically evaluate different approaches to the study of bilingual education

Critically discuss and justify their own stance on public debates about the education of bilingual learners

Critically examine the role of bilingual programmes

Demonstrate critical engagement with relevant sources

Brief description

This module considers the `what?, `why? and `how? of bilingual education. In the first part of the module, the `what? question opens up the range of educational policy responses to linguistic and cultural diversity in different national and regional contexts. The `why? question then shifts the focus to the reasons for the differences in the nature and outcomes of different types of policies and educational programmes. In the final part of the module, the `how? question focuses attention on the ways in which policies are translated into everyday practice in bilingual and multilingual schools and classrooms.


Lectures and seminars will be based on the following:
Lecture and seminar 1: The development of educational responses to linguistic and cultural difference in various national and regional educational systems
Lecture and seminar 2: Local debates over the implementation and development of different forms of educational provision for bilingual learners
Lecture and seminar 3: Second language teaching (e.g. the teaching of English as a Second Language)
Lecture and seminar 4: Transitional bilingual education
Lecture and seminar 5: Maintenance and two-way bilingual programmes
Lecture and seminar 6: Immersion education
Lecture and seminar 7: Teaching through the medium of an indigenous minority language or through a former colonial language
Lecture and seminar 8: Connections across specific political and historical locations, identifying commonalities and differences in language policies and forms of education provision
Lecture and seminar 9: The role of education in the construction of legitimacy and the shaping of linguistic and cultural values
Lecture and seminar 10: The views of bilingualism and literacy that underpin a good deal of educational practice in bilingual and multilingual settings


This module is at CQFW Level 5