Exploring Bilingualism

Course Code: BIL101-WS
Start Date: 2024/8/24 End Date: 2024/8/24 Day: Sat Time: 10:00-16:30 Hours: 6 Sessions: 1 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Location: In-Person (Tokyo) English Proficiency Level: Advanced

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Course Description

This workshop is designed to help learners and teachers alike develop a thorough understanding into the intricate nuances and vast benefits of bilingual living. Embrace the enriching journey of language and identity throughout life! We invite your participation in our workshop on bilingualism, delving into the evolving dynamics of language use and its profound impact on identity across different life stages. Share your insights and experiences to contribute to a comprehensive exploration of the intricate interplay between bilingualism, language, and identity. Through interactive sessions, participants will navigate the cultural, cognitive, and linguistic dimensions of being bilingual. Uncover the unique advantages, challenges, and strategies for embracing a multilingual lifestyle. Join us in unravelling the tapestry of bilingualism and its enriching impact on personal and societal dynamics.

Learning Objectives

Workshop participants will be able to further their knowledge and understanding of bilingualism and its core concepts.

Who should take this course

Individuals who are interested in exploring (bi)-multilingualism across different stages of life.


No required textbook


Alexandra Shaitan

Instructor Biography

Alexandra Shaitan has a Master’s Degree with a focus on TESOL, from Temple University, Japan Campus, and a PhD (ABD) in Applied Linguistics and Communication from Birkbeck College, University of London. Alexandra has lived and worked in the UK and Japan for the past 20 years, teaching numerous academic courses to ESL learners at different educational institutions including pre-schools, high schools and universities. Her current research interests include bilingualism, language and identity, learner autonomy and task-based language teaching. She recently delivered a workshop on “Language and Identity” at the University of West London, the UK, as an invited speaker. Her calling and passion are sharing her teaching experiences with others.