Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Contexts Sociolinguistic and Educational Perspectives Edited by: Agnieszka Otwinowska, Gessica De Angelis

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06 Jan 2014
Bilingual Education & Bilingualism
Multilingual Matters
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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 - Rachel Kraut, Rice University, USA; Heather Smyser, Defense Language Institute, USA; Zachary Brooks, University of Arizona, USA

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.

- David Singleton, University of Pannonia, Hungary and Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

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.

- Ulrike Jessner, University of Innsbruck, Austria, Current President of the International Association of Multilingualism

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.

- Rachel Kraut, Heather Smyser, and Zachary Brooks, The University of Arizona, USA in Journal of Language, Identity and Education

Author Biography:

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).

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