The term pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures refers to didactic approaches which use teaching / learning activities involving several (i.e. more than one) varieties of languages or cultures.
Four pluralistic approaches can be identified:
the intercultural approach;
the awakening to languages;
the inter-comprehension of related languages;
the integrated didactic approaches to different languages studied.
These approaches reject the “compartmentalised” view of an individual’s linguistic and cultural competence(s), a decision which is a logical consequence of the way in which plurilingual and pluricultural competence is represented by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: this competence is not a collection of distinct and separate competences but a plurilingual and pluricultural competence encompassing the full range of the languages available to him/her.
- ECML. Council of Europe.
- Michel Candelier
- Research leader at GREIP:
- Xavier Pascual