The appropriation of English as a global language at the Catalan school: A multilingual, located and comparative approach (APINGLO-CAT)

Part of the project "Multilingual Education in the Global Age: Markets, desires, practices and identities among adolescents in two Spanish regions" (MUEDGE) coordinated with the University of Castilla-La Mancha (PI: Dr Ana Maria Pastor Relaño), with the participation of the Autonomous University of Madrid, the University of Bristol and the University of Hong Kong. General Coordination: Dr Eva Codó, UAB.

The aim of this coordinated project is conducting a comparative study in two regions on the appropriation of English as a global language, emblem of contemporary bi /  multilingualism and engine of many bi / multilingual education proposals from recent decades in the Spanish state. The comparison is relevant due to the different linguistic context from the two communities, one officially bilingual (Catalonia) and the other socially constructed as monolingual (Castilla-La Mancha), but also due to the significant demographic, socioeconomic and sociocultural differences between Barcelona and Ciudad Real (and their respective areas of influence). The comparison will allow us to expand, deepen and problematize linguistic, social and educational ideologies around the use and learning of English in Spain, in a context of multiple and profound technological, cultural and social transformations. To this end, we will conduct a linguistic ethnography in three types of educational centres (public, charter and international private schools) to investigate the linguistic practices and perspectives of the various stakeholders involved (government, families, teachers, teams and students) from a critical, multilingual and multidimensional (ideological, discursive and interactional) perspective. The results of this project will enlighten the meanings, aspirations and desires related to multilingualism in general and to English in particular, both in Catalonia and in the rest of the state, which will dialogue with results of similar studies carried out in other countries around the world.

The following GREIP members and contributors take part in the project: Dr Emilee Moore, Dr Eva Codó and Dr Adriana Patiño Santos.


From: 2015

To: 2018

Sponsor: MINECO (FFI2014-54179-C2-1-P)

Budget: 38.000€

Research leader: Dr Eva Codó.

Participating Universities: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, University of Southampton.

Research team: Dr Eva Codó, Dr M. Rosa Garrido Sardà, Dr Emilee Moore, Dr Elisabet Pladevall Ballester,  Dr Adriana Patiño Santos, Andrea Sunyol Garcia-Moreno, Mary Louise Walsh.


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