Historically, schools around the world have sought to create homogeneity by bringing diverse groups closer to a national language standard. One of the consequences of this is that students who speak minority languages have been discouraged from using their mother tongue, or even from learning new languages. At the same time, the limited selection of foreign languages offered by schools, usually taught in isolation from other disciplines, has prevented most students from developing effective plurilingualism.
The first three webinars from this series zoomed into specific approaches and policies that challenged this belief in various parts of Europe.
In this final webinar we will take stock of the lessons learnt from the various approaches and strategies for language teaching and reflect how these can inspire educators and policy makers to innovate and implement forward-looking policies and practices in language education fostering plurilingualism.
Webinar panelists: Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman (University of Toronto and University of Utrecht), Hanna Siarova (PPMI). Discussants: Jim Cummins (University of Toronto) and Nathalie Auger (University of Montpellier). Moderator: Kristina Cunningham (European Commission, DG EAC, Schools and Multilingualism unit).
Length of the webinar: 1 hour
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