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By Charmian Kenner, Tina Hickey

What can educators in several international locations examine from one another approximately profitable multilingual projects? via evaluating stories from assorted settings—France, eire, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK—the writers spotlight methods of constructing multilingual studying groups that advertise language services, intercultural knowing and academic fulfillment.

Multilingual Europe casts clean mild on: how kids and adolescents can advance their latest languages and research new ones; how identities are developed in multicultural contexts; how faculties can hyperlink with households and groups; how educators can devise cutting edge pedagogies for multilingual study rooms.

Collaboratively written by means of contributors from the Multilingual Europe seminar sequence at Goldsmiths, collage of London, the ebook exhibits how examine, coverage and perform can interact for achievement.

This selection of overseas case reports will stimulate mirrored image for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars on education-related classes, scholars of language studying and instructing, instructor educators, researchers and policy-makers. The insights supplied will curiosity language groups worldwide.

Contributors contain Jean Conteh, Christine Helot, air of mystery Mor-Sommerfeld and Dominique Portante.

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And these kids were composing and if we had stayed there we would have ended up composing a new piece of work ... [Greta Mendez, dancer] Children exploited the meaning making potential of carnival through play Representing ideas and feelings visually is central to the development of symbolic and abstract thinking (DfES, 2007a). For young children carnival activities reinforced the role of play in learning. Designing and making as well as the dance and performances of masquerade involved dramatising and role play.

These include the Hindu Chariot Festival, the Tamil School Sport Festival, the Tamil Youth Organisation Western Kuthu (drama) and Women’s Day. In this way the site encourages a sense of community solidarity as well as offering a means of celebrating cultural heritage. It also means that Tamil communities in other parts of the UK or elsewhere can keep in touch with and possibly gain inspiration from what’s going on in London. A site aimed particularly at Tamil youth is ‘londontamilgirlsboys’. The site features material related to popular Indian and Sri Lankan films and music, but its main purpose is clearly to encourage young Tamils to socialise with each other in its chatroom and there is a facility for members to post photos of themselves.

Multilingual practices are not encouraged. There are bilingual schools in the secondary school sector in Utrecht, as in other Dutch cities. These popular schools offer part of their lessons only in English. Established bilingualism in the Netherlands does not include languages other than Dutch and English. The government provided mother tongue education until August 2004, but this has never developed into a broadly accepted educational activity. There has been increasing resistance to this so-called ‘waste of time’, particularly since – as it is perceived – the children could have spent their time learning Dutch during those hours.

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