The Multilingual Turn in Languages Education: Opportunities and Challenges

Edited by: Jean Conteh, Gabriela Meier

Related Formats:
Paperback, Ebook(PDF), Ebook(EPUB)
Multilingual Matters
Number of pages:
234mm x 156mm
Price: £109.95
Price: $149.95
Price: €134.95

Starting from the key idea that learners and teachers bring diverse linguistic knowledge and resources to education, this book establishes and explores the concept of the 'multilingual turn' in languages education and the potential benefits for individuals and societies. It takes account of recent research, policy and practice in the fields of bilingual and multilingual education as well as foreign and second language education. The chapters integrate theory and practice, bringing together researchers and practitioners from five continents to illustrate the effects of the multilingual turn in society and evaluate the opportunities and challenges of implementing multilingual curricula and activities in a variety of classrooms. Based on the examples featured, the editors invite students, teachers, teacher educators and researchers to reflect on their own work and to evaluate the relevance and applicability of the multilingual turn in their own contexts.

This volume is a very welcome addition to a number of recent books on multilingual pedagogy and is a must for teacher educators/researchers and students of applied linguistics who wish to rethink their approach to languages education and embrace linguistic and cultural diversity as a resource to implement equality and social cohesion in their classrooms.

Christine Hélot, University of Strasbourg, France

Conteh & Meier's important volume builds and expands upon recent key developments that have increasingly problematized and contested the monolingual norm that still underpins so much theory, pedagogy and practice in language teaching and learning. With an emphasis on schools and pedagogical practices, the volume solidifies and exemplifies how 'the multilingual turn' in education can make a difference for all, especially for those whose multilingualism has been ignored and/or pathologized until now. Like the multilingual turn itself, this volume provides us with a timely and important intervention into the theory, practice and pedagogies needed for a multilingual, globalized world – and not before time.

Stephen May, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Drawing on recent theoretical developments in sociolinguistics, this charming and important book reminds us once again of how our schools can value and build on multilingualism, and why it is important that they do so if we want more socially just education for not only multilingual learners but ALL learners.

Nancy H. Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Jean Conteh is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests include EAL in the British system and teacher development and professional knowledge. Dr. Gabriela Meier is a Lecturer in Language Education at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK. She is especially interested in language education and social cohesion, including bilingual and multilingual approaches to learning.

Jean Conteh and Gabriela Meier: Introduction 
Gabriela Meier: Introduction to Part I 
1. Mooznah Auleear Owodally: Socialized into Multilingualism: A Case Study of Mauritian Preschools 
2. Ken Cruickshank: Exploring the -Lingual between Bi- and Mono-: Young People and their Language in an Australian Context 
3. Guangwei Hu and Sandra McKay: Multilingualism as Portrayed in a Chinese English Textbook 
4. Andrea Young: Looking through the Language Lens: Monolingual Taint or Plurilingual Tint? 
Jean Conteh: Introduction to Part II 
5. Laurent Gajo: From Description to Didactization of Multilingualism: European and Francophone Research at the Crossroads between Linguistics and Didactics 
6. Gabriela Meier: Our Mother Tongue is Plurilingualism: An Orientation Framework for Integrated Multilingual Curricula 
7. Jean Conteh, Fiona Copland and Angela Creese: Multilingual Teachers' Resources in three different Contexts: Empowering Learning 
8. Gabriela Meier: Multilingualism and Social Cohesion: Two-Way Immersion Education meets Diverse Needs 
Jean Conteh and Gabriela Meier: Introduction to Part III 
9. Jean Conteh, Shila Begum and Saiqa Riasat: Multilingual Learning in Primary Settings - From the Margins to the Mainstream 
10. Enrica Piccardo and Joëlle Aden: Plurilingualism and Empathy: Beyond Instrumental Language Learning 
11. Ofelia García and Naomi Kano: Translanguaging as Process and Pedagogy: Developing the English Writing of Japanese Students in the US 
12. Jim Anderson and Yu-Chiao Chung: Transforming Learning, Building Identities: Arts Based Creativity in the Community Languages Classroom 
Gabriela Meier and Jean Conteh: Conclusion 

Postgraduate, Research / Professional
« Back