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FRE 388H1S
Bilingualism and second language acquisition of French


J. Steele


An overview of the cognitive aspects of bilingualism and language acquisition among early and late bilingual French speakers. Topics to be addressed will include models and phenomena of bilingualism (early bilingual acquisition, code switching, language attrition); constraints on and patterns of second language acquisition; the nature and sources of intra and interlearner variation; and the effect of instruction on learning.

Required texts: Book chapters and articles distributed via the Blackboard course website.

Assignments and evaluation: Four quizzes (20%); critical bilingualism article review (20%); second language learner data analysis project (Proposal: 15%; Data analysis 25%); participation (10%); overall assessment (10%)

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.

Prerequisites: FRE 272H1, FRE 383H1


This course is found in the following categories:


Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.

History of the Department

165 years of French Studies at the University of Toronto (1853-2018)


Estimant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue électronique Arborescences veut offrir un espace de réflexion sur des questions d’importance en études françaises, relevant aussi bien de la didactique que de la lit