Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 Hours. 10 x 2 hours (workshop format combined with formal teaching)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment This will include one based on reading and one based on project work.  Course Work: Assignment(s) totalling 5,000 words (or reasonable equivalent)  100%
Supplementary Assessment All failed or missing elements of assessment to be re-taken or made good. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Show a critical understanding of different approaches to the study of bilingualism and bilingual literacy
  • Demonstrate an ability to place their own experience of living and studying in a bilingual university and a bilingual community within a wider research and policy context

Brief description

This module covers three main areas of research on bilingualism: historical accounts of bilingual communities; studies of contemporary aspects of bilingualism and bilingual literacy in local community contexts; and, research on codeswitching in bilingual discourse. In covering each area, the focus will be on the theories underpinning the research and on the views about `speakers? and `communities? implicit in these theories. Examples of recent research in bilingual settings in Wales, in other areas of the British Isles, in Europe, in Canada, the USA, in Africa and Asia will be chosen according to the interests of those taking the module.


  • To provide an introduction to the study of bilingualism in its social context
  • To examine the relationship between bilingualism in its spoken mode and bilingual literacy practices
  • To develop an awareness of the issues (of theory and method) which lie behind different approaches to research on bilingualism
  • To consider the implications of recent research findings for language policy developments in bilingual settings


The lectures cover the following themes and topic areas:

Bilingualism in everyday lives and local community contexts

  • Bilingualism, diglossia and domains of language use
  • Social networks, language choices and identities
  • Codeswitching: social meanings in bilingual conversations
  • Bilingual literacy practices as social practices
  • Bilingual literacy events
Bilingualism embedded in the history of communities

  • Linguistic `markets', language and symbolic power
  • Language shift in bilingual communities
  • Reversing language shift: language revitalisation.


This module is at CQFW Level 6