Bilingualism

About the subject

Do you want to develop and deepen your knowledge of how we learn and use languages, and how this is affected by various factors at the individual and societal level?

Bilingualism is a cross-disciplinary subject connecting areas such as linguistics, sociology, social anthropology, and cognitive psychology. Issues studied within this subject include second language acquisition and bilingual development in children and adults, age effects in second language acquisition, bilingualism and memory, the bilingual brain, communication and linguistic diversity, multiethnic youth language, bi- and multilingual education, second and foreign language teaching, language attrition in bilinguals, language ideology, language politics, and transnational multilingualism including migration.

Bilingualism is one of the specializations within the Master’s Programme in Language Sciences. This specialization provides a comprehensive two-year education in the core areas of Bilingualism, aiming to develop and deepen your knowledge of bi- and multilingualism at both the individual and societal level. The programme also includes courses that are common to all specializations as well as optional courses, aiming at extending and deepening your knowledge in language science, as well as at strengthening your grasp of research methodology and ethics as well as your ability to carry out scientific reasoning.

We also offer several undergraduate courses in Bilingualism (taught in Swedish) that can be included as elective courses in the Bachelor’s Degree in different areas.

Career opportunities

In today’s multilingual and multicultural society, the knowledge about bi- and multilingualism is important in virtually any job dealing with people. It is of particular relevance for work in authorities and organizations of various kinds, schools and businesses, especially in positions that have to do with recruitment and human resource management. In addition, the education in the Master’s programme with specialization in Bilingualism may serve as preparation for PhD studies in Bilingualism.

Courses and programmes

Degree

Research

Bilingualism and second language acquisition is one of the leading research areas at Stockholm University. Research at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism covers a number of profile areas:

  • Second language acquisition and Swedish as a second language
  • Minority languages, language policy and language ideology in Sweden and elsewhere
  • L1 attrition and reactivation
  • Transnational multilingualism
  • Multilingualism and education in the South
  • Bilingual development, bilingual school programs, second language teaching, and literacy
  • Young people’s language and language use in multilingual contexts