RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Winter 2022, Section 002 - Bilingualism: Linguistic Competence vs. Linguistic Culture
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
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With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test.
May be repeated for credit.
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The aim of this course is to provide a global understanding of bilingualism, one that is not limited to the acquisition of linguistic competence, but rather a view that recognizes bilingualism as a means for the development of linguistic culture. Initial exploration into the topic will focus on linguistic aspects of bilingualism, such as bilingual types, patterns of language acquisition, features of bilingual speech, among others. Afterwards, we will examine the sociocultural value associated to bilingualism.

  • What is the relevance of bilingual education in our society?
  • What myths and beliefs are associated with bilingual education?
  • How do these beliefs reflect the relationship between the majority language and national identity?
  • How do they affect language policy?
  • How do they affect the education of linguistic-minority students?
  • How do they affect the development of a linguistic cultural identity?

We will be reading articles from linguistics, bilingual books for children, as well as short stories and poems by bilingual speakers reflecting on their personal experiences.

Course Requirements:

Daily class attendance is required. Interactive group presentation; biweekly creative journals; one take-home exam; and two essays. Active participation in daily discussion is expected

Intended Audience:

RCLANG 324 is open to all UM students but priority is given to RC students who have successfully passed the Spanish Proficiency Exam the previous term and RC students who take a second or third Readings. Students who have completed SPA 277 by permission of instructor

Class Format:

The course meets two times a week and is structured as a seminar with ample discussion among its participants.


RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
WF 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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