ERIC Number: EJ1046353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Pluralistic Approaches to Languages in the Curriculum: The Case of French-Speaking Switzerland, Spain and Austria
Daryai-Hansen, Petra; Gerber, Brigitte; Lörincz, Ildikó; Haller, Michaela; Ivanova, Olga; Krumm, Hans-Jürgen; Reich, Hans H.
International Journal of Multilingualism, v12 n1 p109-127 2015
While the idea of plurilingual competence is widely established theoretically and promoted in European language policies, it is not implemented in educational practice, where separate plurilingualism is still dominant. The idea of languages as autonomous entities is e.g. reflected in the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" (CEFR) scales. The paper introduces to the Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures (FREPA). Pluralistic approaches use teaching and learning activities involving several (i.e. more than one) varieties of language, e.g. the language(s) of schooling, foreign languages, regional, minority and migration languages. FREPA thereby offers tools to put the theoretical insights and language policies into practice. The article illustrates how pluralistic approaches, in recent years, have been used in the process of large-scale national and regional curriculum renewals in Austria, French-speaking Switzerland and Spain. By promoting plurilingual education on the macro-level and including languages that are still neglected in most European curricula, these countries make a key contribution to diminishing discrepancy between theory and practice. The three cases manifest the context specificity of language-planning decisions and support supra-level comparisons by defining the specific aims and contents of plurilingual education. Furthermore, the curricular implementations offer the possibility to discuss the implementation in actual classroom practice.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Planning, Multilingualism, Guidelines, Educational Practices, Teaching Methods, Language Variation, National Curriculum, Geographic Regions, Second Language Learning, Bilingual Education, Curriculum Implementation, French, Spanish, Romance Languages, German, Second Language Instruction, Language of Instruction, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Austria; Spain; Switzerland