Subject 175-539 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week. For students taking this subject online: 2 hours of online work related to course materials (activities, self-assessment, bulletin board discussion)
Total Time Commitment: Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Catherine Anne Elder


Prof Jill Wigglesworth

Subject Overview: This subject examines the phenomenon of bi-/multilingualism, especially in the Australian context. It enables students to understand the choices made by speakers, the role of language contact in language change, and how languages are processed. It also introduces the political significance of languages.
  • have gained an understanding of bilingualism, both as an individual and as a societal phenomenon;
  • have become familiar with linguistic, sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, educational and political issues associated with bilingualism;
  • have gained an understanding of bilingual education.
Assessment: A 3000-word essay 60% (due at the end of the semester) and two 1000-word class papers 20% each (due mid-semester and at the end of the semester).
Prescribed Texts: Reading Pack to be provided by lecturer.
  • Bilingualism: An Advanced Resource Book (Ng Bee Chin and Wigglesworth, Gillian) Routledge (2007)
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have developed skills in abstracting theory from practice;
  • have identified unstated assumptions determining an argument;
  • gain formed judgments from conflicting evidence;
  • have become open to new ideas and possibilities;
  • improved their oral and written communication.
Notes: Subject offered as both online and on-campus. Some restrictions on student visa holders apply. Please contact the subject coordinator for more information. Formerly available as 175-504 and as 175-443 . Students who have completed 175-504 or 175-443 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Master of Applied Linguistics (English Language)
Master of Applied Linguistics (Language Test&Language Program Evaluation
Master of Applied Linguistics (Technology in Language Learning)
Master of Applied Linguistics(TESOL)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language Studies
Language Testing and Language Program Evaluation
Linguistics && Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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