Date: 15 January 2020
The multilingual, multicultural classroom, now commonplace in many schools throughout the world, presents a series of challenges to teachers:
- How can we welcome these children and their families of diverse cultural heritages into our schools and our communities?
- How can we support them to access the school curriculum through a second language?
- How can we acknowledge and capitalise on their infinitely diverse sets of cultural and linguistic knowledge and skills?
- How can we help them to feel comfortable, recognising and accepting their individual differences, whilst at the same time inviting them to become a constituent part of the class and the school?
During this talk, filmed examples of inspiring linguistic and cultural awareness activities in the primary school will be viewed, to show how it is possible to meet some of the challenges of twenty-first century education through valuing linguistic and cultural diversity as a resource.
Andrea Young is Professor of English at the Faculty of Education and Lifelong Learning (INSPÉ) at the University of Strasbourg and a member of the European plurilingualism research group (GEPE, EA1339 LILPA). Her research interests include teacher knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about language(s), home-school educational partnerships and plurilingual/intercultural education in the school context.