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Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Portuguese speaking world (TK4)


Admission requirements

Students need to have completed the Propedeuse in Latin American Studies. This course can be followed by students in both Spanish and Portuguese tracks. On-major students who want to take this course should contact the lecturer.


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

Transferable Skills

  • Problem solving (recognizing and analyzing problems, solution-oriented thinking)

  • Analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction, proof)

  • Responsibility (ownership, self-discipline, responsible attitude towards own project, acknowledging errors)

  • Commitment (dedication, motivation, proactive attitude, own initiative)

  • Self-regulation (independence, insight into one's own goals, motives and capacities)

  • Oral communication (presenting, speaking skills, listening)

  • Written communication (writing skills, reporting, structuring, summarizing)

  • Working together (teamwork, support, loyalty, fulfilling agreements, attendance)

  • Flexibility (dealing with changes, eagerness to learn, adaptability)

  • Critical thinking (asking questions, checking assumptions)

  • Creative thinking (resourcefulness, curiosity, out of the box thinking)

  • Integrity (honesty, morality, ethical conduct, personal values)

  • Intercultural skills (communication with different cultures)


My Timetable

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • 50% Research Project

  • 30% Presentations

  • 20% Active Participation


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Individual paper for all parts (100%)

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

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  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats


Minimum 80% attendance required. Students who do not meet this requirement will not have their assigments, presentation or paper corrected.
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.