If there is a discrepancy between the outline posted below and the outline posted on the OWL course website, the latter shall prevail.
1.0 CALENDAR DESCRIPTION
This course will examine how people acquire, process and use a second language. Topics will include simultaneous and sequential bilingualism, the critical period hypothesis, theories of bilingual language representation, cross-language transfer, language selection and switching, simultaneous interpreting, cognitive consequences of bilingualism, the bilingual brain and bilingual education.
Antirequisite: Psychology 3990F taken in 2008
Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. So if you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course.
Prerequisites: Psychology 2820E or both Psychology 2800E and 2810, and one of Psychology 2134A/B or 2135A/B
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course
Unless you have either the prerequisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.
2.0 COURSE INFORMATION
Instructor: Dr. Debra Jared
Office and Phone Number: SSC 7330 (519) 661-2111 x84631
Office Hours: by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Taylor Sguazzin
Office Hours: by appointment
Time and Location of Classes: Monday 11:30-1:30; Wednesday 11:30-12:30 UCC60
If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, there are several resources here at Western to assist you. Please visit: http://www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth/ for more information on these resources and on mental health.
Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 519-661-2111 ext 82147 for any specific question regarding an accommodation.
There is no text. Course readings will be posted on OWL
4.0 COURSE OBJECTIVES
The goal of the course is for students to develop an understanding of issues and theories of bilingual language processing, and how these can be addressed through research. Students can expect to develop their ability to read journal articles in psychology and to express their understanding orally and in writing.
4.1 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, the successful student should be able to:
LEARNING OUTCOME LEARNING ACTIVITIES HOW ASSESSED
Depth and Breadth of Knowledge. Lectures
Articulate the concepts and current states Readings (journal articles) Three essay exams
of knowledge in the cognitive study of Class discussion
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Knowledge of Methodologies.
Access, interpret and critically evaluate Lectures Three essay exams
research on the cognitive aspects of Readings (journal articles) Assignments 2-4A
bilingualism. Class discussion
Formulate a research hypothesis to Assignment Assignment #1 (design
address a question about bilingualism and Research proposal materials to test a hypothesis)
design a research project to test that Assignment #4A (research
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Application of Knowledge.
Use evidence to support claims Lectures Three essay exams
Critically evaluate the presentation of Read two articles about bilingualism in the Assignments #2 and 3
scientific ideas and research in the popular popular media
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Communicate in writing accurately, clearly Readings (journal articles)
and logically, using the discourse of the Assignment Assignment 4
discipline of psychology
Communicate psychological knowledge in Assignments Assignments 2 & 3
writing in a way that would be
understandable to a non-specialist
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Autonomy and Professional Capacity.
Demonstrate initiative, personal Placement at the Western English Language Assignment 4B
responsibility and accountability Centre (an option)
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Note: students will do either Assignment 4A or Assignment 4B. Assignment 4B is for students who choose the placement option.
Grades in the course will be based on three exams (15%, 20% and 25% for exams 1-3, respectively), and 4 written assignments (5%, 10%, 10%, and 15% for Assignments 1-4, respectively). The first 3 assignments will be approximately 3-4 pages in length and the 4th will be approximately 5 pages.
Students will be offered the opportunity to volunteer in Western’s English Language Centre. This centre is housed in our faculty of education. Instructors in the centre assist international students to develop their English language skills so that they can handle a university program in English. Students in this course will be expected to go to the volunteer placement for approximately two hours every week, depending on their assigned role at the centre. Students who decide to complete the placement will be offered an alternative to Assignment 4. In the alternative assignment, students will be asked to discuss what they have learned during the placement.
Note: Because this is an essay course, as per Senate Regulations (http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2017/pg108.html), you must pass the essay component to pass the course. That is, the average mark for your written assignments must be at least 50%.
Although the Psychology Department does not require instructors to adjust their course grades to conform to specific targets, the expectation is that course marks will be distributed around the following averages:
70% 1000-level and 2000-level courses
72% 2190-2990 level courses
75% 3000-level courses
80% 4000-level courses
The Psychology Department follows the University of Western Ontario grading guidelines, which are as follows (see http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/general/grades_undergrad.pdf ):
A+ 90-100 One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level
A 80-89 Superior work that is clearly above average
B 70-79 Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory
C 60-69 Competent work, meeting requirements
D 50-59 Fair work, minimally acceptable
F below 50 Fail
6.0 TEST AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
There will be exams on Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and during the December exam period. Exams will be short essay (a paragraph or two) format and will require that information be drawn from both lecture material and course readings. The final exam is cumulative, in that it will include questions on material from across the course.
Assignments will be due Oct. 16, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, and Dec. 6. Late assignments will incur a penalty of 10% per day, including weekends.
7.0 CLASS SCHEDULE
Sept. 11 & 13 Languages in Canada; Characteristics of bilinguals
Sept. 18 & 20 Bilingual memory
Sept. 25 & 27 Word reading in bilinguals
Oct. 2 & 4 Perceiving and producing speech
Oct. 9 & 11 Fall Reading Week- no class
Oct. 16 Language selection and control
Oct. 18 Mid-term exam 1
Oct. 23 Cognitive consequences of bilingualism
Oct. 25 & 30 Code switching and simultaneous interpreting
Nov. 1 & 6 Acquiring sounds
Nov. 8 & 13 Acquiring words
Nov. 15 Mid-term exam 2
Nov. 20 Acquiring grammar
Nov. 22 & 27 Conceptual representations/ Language & thought
Nov. 29 & Dec. 4 Bilingual brain & aphasia
Dec. 6 Bilingual education
8.0 STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC OFFENCES
Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offenses. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offenses because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offense are described at the following link: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_undergrad.pdf
As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offenses. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and Turnitin.com http://www.turnitin.com
Possible penalties for a scholastic offense include failure of the assignment, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University.
9.0 POLICY ON ACCOMMODATION FOR MEDICAL ILLNESS
Western’s policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at:
Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation:
10.0 OTHER INFORMATION
Office of the Registrar web site: http://registrar.uwo.ca
Student Development Services web site: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca
Please see the Psychology Undergraduate web site for information on the following:
- Policy on Cheating and Academic Misconduct
- Procedures for Appealing Academic Evaluations
- Policy on Attendance
- Policy Regarding Makeup Exams and Extensions of Deadlines
- Policy for Assignments
- Short Absences
- Extended Absences
- Academic Concerns
- 2017 Calendar References
No electronic devices, including cell phones and smart watches, will be allowed during exams.