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See detailA multiplurilingual space for language education. How can teacher education respond to the linguistic and cultural diversity in a given place?
Ehrhart, Sabine UL; Bes Izuel, Asuncion UL

in Voces y Silencios (2018)

Luxembourg is one of the countries with the highest degree of linguistic variety in Europe. The situation of the classroom is challenging as at least three school languages meet children with a ... [more ▼]

Luxembourg is one of the countries with the highest degree of linguistic variety in Europe. The situation of the classroom is challenging as at least three school languages meet children with a multilingual background in their families, very frequently of a different type of repertoire (with more than 50% of the school population having a migrational background). The school system tries to find solutions through the creation of adapted teaching models for newly arrived students and pupils, according to their profile. The research project that we present is based on two pillars: an institutional co-construction between teachers and researchers, with an orientation of mutual empowerment, and an international cooperation between two researchers forming a tandem with more than two wheels because of their experience in teacher education and educational research in various multilingual spaces, not only in Luxembourg, but also in Spain, France, Germany, Russia, the South Pacific, Madagascar and Siberia. [less ▲]

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See detailLuxembourg: A multiplurilingual space for language education. How can teacher education respond to the linguistic and cultural diversity of a given place?
Ehrhart, Sabine UL; Bes Izuel, Asuncion UL

Scientific Conference (2017)

The aim of the present communication is to share the main findings of a collaborative research project developed in 2013-2014 between a high school and the University in Luxembourg. Collective ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present communication is to share the main findings of a collaborative research project developed in 2013-2014 between a high school and the University in Luxembourg. Collective multilingualism and individual plurilingualism, defined as multiplurilingualism by Ehrhart (2010: 221), form the linguistic environment of Luxembourg. Luxembourg, a small country in Europe with a high rate of immigration (46, 7%, STATEC, 2016), has three languages (Luxembourgish, French and German) and a trilingual education system. Fluency in the three languages is considered to be essential to facilitate social cohesion and professional success (OECD, 2006: 1010), and language teaching occupies a central position in the education system. Nevertheless, language learning programmes are quite inflexible and very compartmentalized (García, 2009; Gretsch, 2014). The multiplurilingual situation of the country challenges the traditional view of language and requests teachers to adapt their practices to the new circumstances. One option for secondary schools to address this linguistic diversity are the classes d’insertion, an innovative setting developed by the Ministry of Education, where recently arrived adolescent students are ofered an educational track by means of a full-immersion program in a second language (French, German or English).. Considering the teacher as a mediator and grounded in sociocultural theory combined with an ecolinguistic approach, the present study observes and describes the way that two teachers of these classes d’ insertion were teaching classes in French to newcomer students (aged 11-12);. By means of classroom-observation, audio-recording, field notes and photos we tried to understand what was happening in class during one academic year. Through three semi-structured interviews conducted with the teachers, we gathered information about their thoughts concerning their practices. The research data show the impact of the teachers’ beliefs on their classroom practices and pedagogical decisions. However, their representations do not fully correspond with the real practices observed in class. In order to make those two ends meet, are planning to extend the reflection on an international level, in an action-research-project with teachers developing their talent as researchers and reflecting about their practices in order to propose new pedagogies and approaches to teacher education in multicultural contexts. [less ▲]

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