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ERIC Number: EJ1147838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1747-7506
Language Learning and Intercultural Education: Barriers and Prospects in the Cypriot Context
Hajisoteriou, Christina; Angelides, Panayiotis
Current Issues in Language Planning, v18 n3 p241-263 2017
The main goal of this study is to examine the barriers and prospects of intercultural education in Cypriot schools of the southern part of the island with regard to not only learning the language of the reception country, but also the language of origin. Taking this as the point of departure, this study aims to explore the content and goals of Cypriot policy, its contradictions, and transformation regarding this issue. The analysis draws upon policy documents collected from the Ministry of Education and Culture and interviews carried out with Cypriot policy-makers. The Ministry has initiated an educational reform, including a reform of the national curriculum, towards a more intercultural orientation. Despite Cyprus being officially a trilingual country, intercultural education policies in the south part of Cyprus almost exclusively relate to Greek-language teaching, promoting cultural assimilation. The absence of a coherent policy, along with inadequate teacher training, and collaboration between schools and migrant families are further impediments to intercultural education. To this end, promoting migrants' inclusion requires the re-conceptualisation and re-structuring of Cypriot education and schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus
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