Multilingualism, Education and Change

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 186 pages
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This is a book about language and education in one of the smallest European Union member-states, Luxembourg. It presents the results of an ethnographic study of code-switching and language ideologies among transnational, luso-descendant youngsters attending a number of youth centres in Luxembourg city. It offers a comprehensive description of the processes of construction and negotiation of new, emergent identities and ethnicities.
The author considers the implications of these results for language-in-education policy, including the EU policy of multilingualism. He criticizes mother-tongue education and advocates instead the use of «literacy bridges». Clearly argued and widely applicable, this book is essential reading for students and researchers interested in multilingualism, migration and education.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
11
Multilingualism in Luxembourg and beyond
37
The invisibilization of foreigners in educational and media discourses
59
The lusodescendant youngsters Making visible 1
89
The lusodescendant youngsters Making visible 2
115
The lusodescendant youngsters Putting it all together
137
Conclusion
149
References
161
Index
181
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The Author: Jean-Jacques Weber is Professor of English and Education at the University of Luxembourg.