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ERIC Number: EJ789254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0782
Safetalk Revisited, or: Language and Ideology in Luxembourgish Educational Policy
Weber, Jean Jacques
Language and Education, v22 n2 p155-179 2008
In this paper, I first review previous research on the topic of safetalk. I then apply some of the insights derived from this discussion to a case study of the Luxembourgish primary school system. The study uses both ethnographic and discourse analysis, and focuses in particular on the role of French language varieties in a system that forces large numbers of romanophone students to go through a German-language literacy programme. The picture that emerges reveals what changes would be needed to break through restrictive safetalk practices and enable more effective and more equitable learning. However, it is argued that the difficulties of implementing such changes are compounded by a number of language ideologies that underpin both preschool and primary school education in Luxembourg.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Luxembourg