Becoming Multilingual: Learning and Maintaining Two or More Languages

This course explores the human ability to acquire and maintain two, three, or more languages over a lifetime (i.e., the ability to become multilingual). It examines the factors that contribute to successful language learning and maintenance and that counteract language forgetting and loss. It discusses ways (methods, approaches, and strategies) through which languages can be taught in child- and adulthood, in family and school settings, and demonstrates the importance of multilingual and multicultural skills in a variety of professions. At the end of the course, participants will have gained insights that will help them make informed decisions with respect to their own language learning and use while in college, in their professional careers, and in their (future) families. Taught in English.

Class Number: 

GER 150A1


Regular grades are awarded for this course: A, B, C, D, E. Available to qualified students for pass/fail option.

Usually Offered: 

Spring, Sommer I, Sommer II



Approved As: 

General Education Tier One - Humanities