Linguistic education in multilingual contexts: sociolinguistic perspectives

The project is founded on a research question which emerges from the latests findings in the field of language science applied to language learning: what is the impact of the development of language awareness skills on knowledge transfer among different languages and on the growth of a mulitilingual communicative competence? This implies (a) the elaboration of a model of description and assessment of multilingual competences and (b) the design of a metalinguistic-based and learner-based didactic unit.

The project focuses on a specific sample population: students of immigrant origin, whose presence in Catalan schools has increased by 100% over the past ten years and who attend state schools in 89% of the cases. The results of this research may be useful for the development of more effective educational proposals for the integration of this population in mainstream classrooms.

Project

From:
February 1, 2003
To:
January 31, 2008
Sponsor:
Ministry of Science and Technology; University Autonoma of Barcelona
Budget:
161.248,96 €
Research leader:
Dr Virginia Unamuno Kaschapava

Publications resulting from this project:

  • Unamuno, V. (2004) Dilemas metodológicos, preguntas de investigación. Estudios de sociolingüística: Linguas, sociedades e culturas, 5 (2): 219-230. ISSN 1576-7418
  • Unamuno, V. (2003) Lengua, escuela y diversidad sociocultural. Hacia una educación lingüística crítica. Barcelona: Editorial Graó.
  • Martín Rojo, Nussbaum, L. & Unamuno, V. (2004) Dilemas de las políticas lingüísticas y de su estudio. Estudios de sociolingüística: Linguas, sociedades e culturas. 5 (2): 187-190. ISSN 1576-7418
  • Unamuno, V. & Nussbaum, L. (2004) Hacia una educación lingüística crítica. Aula de innovación educativa, 129: 6-9. ISSN 1131-995-X
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