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Workshop Taalkunde: Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World


Admission requirements

Not applicable


Overview of major issues, theories, and research methods in the study of bilingualism, with a particular focus on bilingualism in the Spanish speaking world. This includes research and experimental methods examining production, comprehension, and use of two languages; naturalistic studies and methods, including longitudinal data collection/analysis and sociolinguistic and ethnographic approaches; and methods relevant to children versus adults. Students will gain experience designing studies that might be conducted using different methodological approaches. Students will become familiar with different methods used in and will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Invited researchers may also visit the class to talk about their work on different bilingual populations in Latin America.

Course objectives

  • To become familiar with theories, methods, and findings in the field of bilingualism.

  • To be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the different methodologies explored.

  • To be able to articulate an in-depth knowledge of some of the strengths and weaknesses of each approach studied.

  • To be able to design coherent studies investigating bilingualism



Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total hours for the course: 140 hours

In-Class: 28 hours (2 hours p/week x 14 weeks)
Reading and Class Preparation: 56 hours (4 hours p/week x 14 weeks)
Preparation for in-class presentations: 12 hours
Weekly discussion board posts: 14 hours
Final Written Paper: 30 hours

Assessment method

60% Research Project
20% Article/chapter presentations
20% Weekly response papers

Re-sit: Only for those with a total average less than a 6 (a 5 or below).


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Reading list




Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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mw. M. Parafita Couto


Students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to participate in class discussion. All readings assigned for the week must be done prior to class. Every student is expected to contribute to class discussion through oral questions and comments every class. In order to facilitate class discussion, students will write a response to the weekly readings.

A detailed class syllabus will be provided on the first day of class.

Minimum 70% attendance required.