Singapore University of Social Sciences

Bilingual Education

Bilingual Education (ECE519)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Bilingual Education has been an ongoing key interest of the education system in Singapore. This course discusses the basic principles, concepts and debates that underpin bilingual education and bilingualism. It also discusses the linguistic view as compared with the socio-cultural view, as well as issues that influence perspectives on bilingual education. The emphasis is to distinguish aims and outcomes of different types of bilingual education and the essential approaches of fostering bilingualism in early childhood settings.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Bilingualism: Historical introduction, definitions and distinctions
  • Types of bilingual education
  • The early development of bilingualism
  • The later development of bilingualism
  • The measurement of bilingualism
  • Bilingualism and cognition
  • Cognitive theories of bilingualism and the curriculum
  • Education for bilingualism and biliteracy in early childhood
  • The effectiveness of bilingual education for young children
  • Bilingualism in the home
  • Effective schools and classrooms for bilingual children
  • Bilingualism and bilingual education in the modern world

Learning Outcome

  • Examine theories, principles and concepts of bilingual education and bilingualism
  • Evaluate the different types of bilingual education and how they contribute to the development of bilingualism
  • Appraise effective classroom approaches and strategies in bilingual education
  • Solve issues relating to bilingual education in early childhood settings
  • Propose recommendations to address the needs of different groups of learners
  • Formulate appropriate programmes that would support bilingual education in early childhood
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