Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Bilingual Education
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2500 word assignment 1  50%
Semester Assessment 2500 word assignment 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.


1. To acquire an awareness of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education.
2. Bilingual Education in Wales.
3. To acquire an understanding of teaching & learning methods involved in bilingual education. To understand the concerns of parents regarding bilingual education for their children.
4. To understand & consider issues raised by ESTYN in a report on Welsh immersion and intensive language teaching, pilot projects in schools . To gain a better understanding of various 'Immersion' models.
5. Bilingual Education operating in Canada and the nature of programmes employed.
6. Bilingual Education in Finland.
7. Bilingual Education in Spain.
8. To acquire an awareness of EAL - English as an Additional Language, and to understand the learners' needs.
9. To understand and familiarize yourself with: 'Dual / Two-Way Language Education'.
10. To understand and familiarize yourself with the model of:- 'Elite' and 'Additive Bilingual Education'. To become acquainted with The European and International Schools.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.
Communication Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback from the written assignment and personal reflection during seminar tasks encourage improved performance.
Information Technology Written assignments should be word-processed.
Personal Development and Career planning Not developed in this module.
Problem solving An essential element in the process of critical assessment.
Research skills Research is required for the main assessments and some of the seminar tasks.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Seminar activities provide many opportunities for team work, including group presentations and debates.


This module is at CQFW Level 5