ECIS ESLMT Conference Copenhagen (2-5 March, 2017)
"The Power of Multilingual Classrooms in International Education: Implications for Curriculum Design, Teaching and Learning" 
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Sunday, March 5 • 10:45 - 11:45
Multilingual Classrooms and Regional Languages: Practices and Approaches for the Maintenance of Linguistic Diversity LIMITED

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The education system has a crucial role to play in the potential maintenance of regional and minority languages, with education providing an important locus of language transmission as well as a crucial contribution to status planning. However, it is well known that introducing a language in education is not a sufficient condition for successful maintenance of that language. Moreover, as the level and complexity of language planning operations has increased in the last decades, unforeseen consequences are beginning to surface, giving rise to new challenges in language planning and the role of educational practice. This paper discusses the impact of top-down minority language transmission and the potential side effects of formal domain dependency as a consequence of over-reliance on education as the locus of transmission. Using qualitative and quantitative data from adolescent speakers of Welsh (both first language and fluent second language speakers), I discuss how top-down formal-domain transmission has impacted attitudes towards Welsh and potentially inhibits language application among adolescents. Alternative approaches and potential solutions will also be discussed and evaluated.

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Marco Tamburelli

Reader in Bilingualism, Bangor University
Marco Tamburelli is a Reader in Bilingualism at Bangor University where he works on simultaneous bilingualism and teaches a variety of courses in bilingual acquisition, bilingual phonology, and language contact phenomena. He obtained a PhD from University College London where he researched... Read More →

Sunday March 5, 2017 10:45 - 11:45 CET