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Language teaching in a globalised world: harnessing linguistic super-diversity in the classroom

Bruen, Jennifer orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-9279-2978 and Kelly, Niamh orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-1641-5676 (2016) Language teaching in a globalised world: harnessing linguistic super-diversity in the classroom. International Journal of Multilingualism, 13 (3). pp. 333-352. ISSN 1479-0718

The student body is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of language, nationality and cultural background. This study explores ways in which such linguistic diversity can be harnessed in the language classroom to enhance the language learning process. This paper describes a series of activities which were designed and implemented in four higher education language classrooms in Ireland. The activities included awareness-raising of the language profile of students taking a particular language module, and facilitated comparison of key grammatical concepts in both the target languages of the groups concerned (German and Japanese) and in the other languages in the participants’ linguistic repertoires. The grammatical concepts included cases, sentence structure, tenses, passive voice and register. Analysis of participant feedback indicates that 36% of the participants were unaware of the other languages spoken by their fellow students prior to participating in the study, with 80% describing such knowledge as valuable to them. More than two thirds (70%) of participants described the activities as aiding their study of their target language.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Globalisation; Super-Diversity
Subjects:Social Sciences > Teaching
Humanities > German language
Humanities > Japanese language
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Publisher:Multilingual Matters & Channel View Publications
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14790718.2016.1142548
Copyright Information:© 2016 Taylor & Francis This is an electronic version of an article published in 'International Journal of Multilingualism' available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21093
Deposited On:16 Feb 2016 14:00 by Jennifer Bruen . Last Modified 13 Jul 2022 14:45

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