Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Contexts: Sociolinguistic and Educational Perspectives

Edited by: Agnieszka Otwinowska, Gessica De Angelis

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It is clearly illogical to search for one good, universal solution for multilingual education when educational contexts differ so widely due to demographic and social factors. The situation is further complicated by the motivations of learners and teachers, and by attitudes towards multilingualism and 'otherness'. The studies in this volume seek to investigate not only whether certain solutions and practices are 'good', but also when and for whom they make sense. The book covers a wide range of Western multilingual contexts, and uncovers common themes and practices, shared aims and preoccupations, and often similar solutions, within seemingly diverse contexts. In addition to chapters based on empirical data, this book offers theoretical contributions in the shape of a discussion of the appropriateness of L1-Ln terminology when discussing complex multilingual realities, and looks at how the age factor works in classroom settings.

Given the growing number of multilinguals around the world (Hornberger, 2009), the insights and results contributed by the authors shape Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Contexts into a useful resource for a variety of audiences including language educators, sociolinguists, language policy planners, and others conducting research in the field of language pedagogy and multilingualism.

Journal of Language, Identity & Education, 15:3, 194-197

The articles collected in this book not only provide a sampling of the phenomenon of multilingualism in a fascinating variety of its manifestations, but in addition offer a wealth of thoughtful and well-motivated discussion of the implications of this diversity in theoretical and practical terms.

This book is a very timely and important contribution to the rapidly growing field of multilingualism and multilingual education by putting an emphasis on novel perspectives of multilingual phenomena in education. The editors have managed to present a unique collection of papers focusing on different sociolinguistic settings of Canada and Europe (Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland) which will stimulate multidimensional discussions in the academic community.

On the whole, the editors and authors achieved their goal of developing a deeper understanding of what is involved in teaching and learning in multilingual contexts. The insights and results contributed by the authors shape "Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Contexts" into a useful resource for a variety of audiences including language educators, sociolinguists, language policy planners, and others conducting research in the field of language pedagogy and multilingualism.

Agnieszka Otwinowska is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research interests include crosslinguistic influences, bilingual and multilingual language acquisition in children and adults, language teaching, bilingual education and CLIL. She is the co-editor of Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Contexts (with Gessica De Angelis, Multilingual Matters, 2014).

Gessica De Angelis works at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Her research focuses on multilingualism, language education, and second/third language acquisition. Her publications include New Trends in Crosslinguistic Influence and Multilingualism Research (2011, co-edited with J-M. Dewaele) and Third or Additional Language Acquisition (2007).

Agnieszka Otwinowska and Gessica De Angelis: Introduction: Towards Education for Multilingualism 
Part I: Multilingualism in Education: Conceptual Issues and Sociolinguistic Perspectives 
1. Björn Hammarberg: Problems in Defining the Concepts of L1, L2 and L3 
2. Hanna Komorowska: Analyzing Linguistic Landscapes. A Diachronic Study of Multilingualism in Poland 
3. Julie S. Byrd Clark and Sylvie A. Lamoureux: Rethinking Multilingualism: Complex Identities, Representations, and Practices of Multilingual Student Teachers moving through Plurilingual Times in University French Language Teacher Education Programs 
4. Laura Portolés Falomir: Analysing Prospective Teachers´ Attitudes towards three Languages in two Different Sociolinguistic and Educational Settings 
5. Katarzyna Cybulska and Višnja Kabalin Borenić: EFL Teacher Trainees and European Goals of Multilingualism and Plurilingualism. A Survey of Attitudes in Poland and Croatia 
6. Tatjana Leichsering: Rethinking Urban Schools – a Sociolinguistic Analysis of Multilingual Environments in Frankfurt/m, Germany. Principles of Ascription, Categorization, Discourse and Language Proficiency 
Part II: Students and Teachers in the Multilingual Classroom 
7. Laura Sanchez: The Roles of Age on the Development of Written Competence in L4 English. Evidence from a Spanish/German CLIL Context. 
8. Sandra Lucietto: The Role of External Consultancy in Supporting Multilingual CLIL teams and in Shaping School Pedagogical Culture. The case of S. Giacomo di Laives/St. Jakob Leifers (Italy) 
9. Claudine Brohy, Philippe A. Genoud and Jean-Luc Gurtner: Discourse on Multilingualism, Language Competence, Use and Attitudes in German-English Bilingual Vocational Schools in Switzerland 
10. Irena Horvatić Čajko: Developing Metalinguistic Awareness in L3 German Classrooms 
11. Márta Csire and Johanna Laakso: L3, L1 or L0? Heritage Language-Students as Third-Language Learners 
12. Agnieszka Otwinowska and Gessica De Angelis: Epilogue: Education for Multilingualism: From Political Discourse to Classroom Applications 

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