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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-6 hours/week...


Subtitles: English, Russian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete

Week 1

7 videos (Total 42 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
1-1 Introduction1m
1-2 Familiarity and Its Neural Instantiation2m
1-3 Age of Acquisition7m
1-4 Beyond Language1m
1-5 Plan for this course8m
1-6 Toward a Bilingual Metaphor4m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz10m
2 hours to complete

Week 2

8 videos (Total 87 min), 1 quiz
8 videos
2 The Nature of Learning18m
2-1 AOA In A Single Language12m
2-2 AoA and Sensitive Periods20m
2-3 AoA and Language4m
2-4 Digging into the Depth of Language4m
2-5 Building a Grammar6m
2-6 The Sensorimotor Nature of AoA1m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz14m
2 hours to complete

Week 3

11 videos (Total 95 min), 1 quiz
11 videos
3 Laying Down Two Languages Across Time2m
3.1 Let There Be Sound16m
3.2 Phonology in a Second Language16m
3.3 Grammar1m
3.4 Critical Periods in a Second Language3m
3.5 AoA and Orphaned Language10m
3.6 Grammatical Proccessing and AoA11m
3.7 Isolating AoA2m
3.8 Grammatical Gender3m
3.9 Camparing First and Second Language7m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz18m
2 hours to complete

Week 4

8 videos (Total 97 min), 1 quiz
8 videos
4 Proficiency, Efficiency and Expertise1m
4.1 Expertise9m
4.2 Perceptual Expertise16m
4.3 What Makes Expertise17m
4.4 Deliberate Practice and Language11m
4.5 Learning Without Knowing18m
4.6 Expertise and Language Proficiency 5m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz12m
2 hours to complete

Week 5

14 videos (Total 91 min), 1 quiz
14 videos
5 Practice What You Speak6m
5.1 Language Loss4m
5.2 Catastrophic Loss4m
5.3 Can a Lost Language be Found3m
5.4 Plasticity and Language Acquisition5m
5.5 Restructuring Plasticity9m
5.6 The Dichotic Nature of Language6m
5.7 What is Predicted by Language Proficiency3m
5.8 From Everyday to Academic Language5m
5.9 Academic and Everyday Grammar2m
5.10 Language and Memory System3m
5.11 Speech in a Second Language12m
5.12 Language Learning as a Building Process1m
1 practice exercise
Week 5 Quiz24m
1 hour to complete

Week 6

9 videos (Total 69 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
6 Controlled Adjustments3m
6.1 Control and the Brain9m
6.2 How Do We Learn Control?16m
6.3 Brain Development and Control45s
6.4 From Control to Flexibility5m
6.5 Changes in Task Switching Across Development4m
6.6 Aging and the Eroding Prefrontal Cortex5m
6.7 Control And Language8m
1 practice exercise
Week 6 Quiz14m
1 hour to complete

Week 7

9 videos (Total 73 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
7 Control, Flexibility and the Two Language Dilemma6m
7.1 The Language Switch13m
7.2 In Search of the Language Switch7m
7.3 The Bilingual Advantage6m
7.4 The Bilingual Disadvantage7m
7.5 A Couple of Caveats5m
7.6 Bilingual Control and Language Proficiency3m
7.7 Beyond Control8m
1 practice exercise
Week 7 Quiz16m
3 hours to complete

Week 8

7 videos (Total 57 min), 2 quizzes
7 videos
8 The Final Frontier2m
8.1 AoA, Proficiency and Control Interact3m
8.2 The Nonlinear Dynamics of Bilingualism8m
8.3 From Cognitive Principles to Brain Principles5m
8.4 Metaphors of the Mind6m
8.5 The Bilingual Brain5m
2 practice exercises
Week 8 Quiz12m
Final Exam1h 58m
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By ZRJan 18th 2018

This course helped me in understanding various aspects of how brain and mind works and how we can use these knowledge for studying different languages and also when we multitasks

By SCOct 31st 2016

A great course for those who are interested in the fascinating bilingual research going on in area. Clearly stated, up-to-date literature shared.



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