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ERIC Number: EJ960726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8318
The Trilingual Luxembourgish School System in Historical Perspective: Progress or Regress?
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v25 n1 p3-15 2012
In line with recent calls for a historicising of discourse analysis, this paper provides an account of language-in-education policies in Luxembourg since the creation of the Luxembourgish state in the early nineteenth century. We briefly expound the Luxembourgish language situation and educational system, and critically discuss the contemporary discourse of impossibility of change, which is associated with it. We argue that the Luxembourgish/German/French trilingualism of Luxembourgish education and society needs to be clearly differentiated from the specific trilingual language regime currently applied within the educational system--indeed, the latter has changed and has been adapted over time, as we will show. Hence, there is no reason why it should not change again in an ongoing effort to meet the linguistic needs of a constantly shifting school population in the best possible way. We conclude that the multilingual nature of an educational system does not guarantee the absence of linguistic exclusion, and that only systems with a high degree of flexibility can adequately meet the needs of today's increasingly heterogeneous school populations. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Luxembourg