Virtual Session Room 1 Symposium
August 18, 2021 08:30 AM - August 18, 2022 12:00 Noon(Europe/Amsterdam)
20210818T0830 20210818T1200 Europe/Amsterdam S111 1/2 | Multilingualism in European education

With the increase of multilingual pupils in European schools and research insights claiming that language skills are transferable across languages, varieties and registers (Cenoz and Gorter 2015; Cummins 2008), there is a call for a change towards multilingual educational models. Recent research suggests that both multilingual and monolingual pupils would benefit from a so-called heteroglossic approach in which majority as well as minority, immigrant languages and dialects are incorporated in instruction (May 2014; Flores and Beatens-Beardsmore 2015). This approach has been termed the multilingual turn in education (Conteh & Meier 2014). Melo-Pfeifer argues that the multilingual turn "legitimizes the use of multalistic approaches to languages and cultures, as well as the development of an integrated language learning curriculum (namely for the L3 or additional languages), that fully acknowledges pupils' linguistic biographies and previous knowledge" (2018, p. 207). This symposium focuses on multilingual education models in highly diverse areas in Europe (e.g. province of Friesland - the Netherlands, Catalonia and Basque Country - Spain, South Tyrol- Italy, etc.). It aims at exploring different multilingual education models that involve all languages (minority, majority, foreign, immigrant, dialects, etc.) spoken in the areas, including amongst others, didactical approaches such as translanguaging, CLIL and immersion.

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With the increase of multilingual pupils in European schools and research insights claiming that language skills are transferable across languages, varieties and registers (Cenoz and Gorter 2015; Cummins 2008), there is a call for a change towards multilingual educational models. Recent research suggests that both multilingual and monolingual pupils would benefit from a so-called heteroglossic approach in which majority as well as minority, immigrant languages and dialects are incorporated in instruction (May 2014; Flores and Beatens-Beardsmore 2015). This approach has been termed the multilingual turn in education (Conteh & Meier 2014). Melo-Pfeifer argues that the multilingual turn "legitimizes the use of multalistic approaches to languages and cultures, as well as the development of an integrated language learning curriculum (namely for the L3 or additional languages), that fully acknowledges pupils' linguistic biographies and previous knowledge" (2018, p. 207). This symposium focuses on multilingual education models in highly diverse areas in Europe (e.g. province of Friesland - the Netherlands, Catalonia and Basque Country - Spain, South Tyrol- Italy, etc.). It aims at exploring different multilingual education models that involve all languages (minority, majority, foreign, immigrant, dialects, etc.) spoken in the areas, including amongst others, didactical approaches such as translanguaging, CLIL and immersion.

A holistic approach towards multilingualism in educationView Abstract Watch Recording
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This paper presents a holistic model for multilingualism in education that has been implemented in several Dutch educational projects. Within these projects multilingual activities are developed and implemented in co-construction between researchers, teachers and students. These activities aim to include all languages present in the classroom: from regional and neighbour languages to migrant and foreign languages. The model, the developed activities and materials, transcripts of classroom interaction and teachers' experiences will be discussed in this paper.

Presenters Mirjam Günther-van Der Meij
NHL Stenden University Of Applied Sciences
Teachers’ decisions in the creation of meaningful multilingual tasks in the primary classroom.View Abstract Watch Recording
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This paper explores the positioning of home and school-learned languages in a highly linguistically diverse primary school in Brussels, Belgium. It focuses on teachers’ decisions as they adopt a Functional Multilingual Learning approach which recognises pupils’ full linguistic repertoire as a didactic resources for learning.

Presenters Nell Foster
Ghent University
Development of academic register in bilingual pupils –  a comparison between bilingual and monolingual settingsView Abstract Watch Recording
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This study investigates the influence of monolingual vs. bilingual education settings on written language development  in Turkish-German bilingual pupils with a focus on the pupils' syntactic complexity development in both languages.

Presenters Esin Isil Gülbeyaz
AILA Solidarity Awardee, Utrecht University
Using multiple languages to make meaning at primary school in Luxembourg: a student's perspectiveView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC

Based on my doctoral research project investigating translanguaging practices in the primary school, this paper focusses on how a Portuguese-speaking newcomer to the trilingual education system in Luxembourg orchestrates both multilingual and multimodal resources to navigate curricular demands and co-construct meaning.

Presenters Sarah Degano
University Of Luxembourg
‘Do you know a few words?’ Analysing multilingual whole class interaction in Dutch primary schoolsView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC

While both the classroom interaction and the languages used in this interaction can influence pupils’ opportunities for learning in school, these two dimensions have mostly been studied separately. For this study, analyses of video data of Dutch primary schools were used to describe a model in which both dimensions are included in order to come to a better understanding of multilingual whole class interaction.


Presenters Laura Nap
AILA2021 Volunteer, NHL Stenden University Of Applied Siences
A holistic approach to multilingualism in secondary schools in Fryslân (the Netherlands)View Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC

This talk presents the Holi-Frysk 2.0 project, in which an intervention is developed, aiming to create more positive attitudes from teachers and pupils in secondary education towards Frisian and multilingualism. We will present examples of activities, teachers' experiences and a first look at the effects on  pupils' attitudes.

Presenters
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Myrthe Coret-Bergstra
NHL Stenden University Of Applied Sciences
The teaching of the regional language Low German - holistic approaches and digital potentialsView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC

On the basis of a sociolinguistically oriented and ecolinguistically inspired approach, the talk presents webinars on the teaching of Low German. We assume that, in addition to school lessons, a holistically oriented teaching of the regional language adressing various New Speakers (Jaffe 2015) with digital support is necessary.

Presenters Birte Arendt
University Of Greifswald
Ulrike Stern
University Of Greifswald
No money, no glory? The appreciation of heritage education modules about dialects in North BrabantView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC

With little financial support for the facilitation and promotion of Brabantish in education, heritage experts are still developing multiple initiatives to incorporate this regional language in the curricula of primary and secondary education. This study investigates the effectiveness and scope of these efforts by conducting a survey among teachers.

Presenters Jos Swanenberg
Tilburg University
Kristel Doreleijers
PhD Candidate, Tilburg University/Meertens Institute
The presence of Catalan in higher education. The cases of Catalonia and the Balearic IslandsView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC

Catalan, Spanish and English coexist in universities from Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. The presence of the regional language in higher education differs in both regions. Focus groups with students were carried out to understand the roles that these three languages have in each region.

Presenters Anna Tudela-Isanta
Autonomous University Of Madrid
Perceptions of university students on multilingualism in the Basque Autonomous CommunityView Abstract Watch Recording
Focused 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC

This study analyzes Business Students’ perceptions on languages in the multilingual context of the Basque Autonomous Community. The study takes into account as a variable not only the L1 of the students, but their whole linguistic repertoire by defining them on different levels of multilingualism according to their language competences.

Presenters Karin Van Der Worp
University Of The Basque Country
Co-authors
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Jasone Cenoz
DG
Durk Gorter
Multilanguaging, Maths classroom discourse, and language of thinkingView Abstract
Focused 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC
Hypothesis of the paper, based on 7th grade Maths classes of bilingual German-Turkish students, is that the employment of home languages in professional instruction enhances the students’ cognitive abilities. The transcripts reflect the verbalization of the ”language of thinking“ in L1 as opposed to L2, related to the diversity of teaching styles.
Presenters Jochen Rehbein
Institute Of German Philology (IFG I
Co-authors
Meryem Çelikkol
University Of Hamburg
Targeted language use in teaching materialsView Abstract Watch Recording
Focused 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC

This poster presents an instrument to determine whether foreign language (FL) teaching materials integrate scientific insights regarding targeted language use. Subsequently, we demonstrate the application of the instrument by exploring course books used in the neighbor language classroom. We compare course books for German FL textbooks from the Netherlands with Dutch FL textbooks from Germany.

Presenters Marjon Tammenga-Helmantel
SLO
Eva Knopp
Radboud University
Not With That Attitude: Translanguaging in Frisian Primary SchoolsView Abstract
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/18 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/18 10:00:00 UTC
Implementing successful alternative approaches for multilingual education requires positive attitudes towards multilingualism and towards home languages. The current research will measure how multilingual pedagogical approaches in primary schools have a positive and durable effect on implicit and explicit language attitudes of teachers and pupils.
Presenters
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Suzanne Dekker
AILA2021 Volunteer, NHL Stenden UAS | University Of Groningen
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Ghent University
AILA Solidarity Awardee
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Utrecht University
University of Luxembourg
AILA2021 volunteer
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NHL Stenden University of Applied Siences
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Prof. Jos Swanenberg
Tilburg University
Dr. Eva Knopp
Radboud University
 János Imre Heltai
senior lecturer
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Károli Gáspár University
Fryske Akademy / Utrecht University
Dr. Mirjam Günther-van Der Meij
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
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