Language and Education Network - Research Seminar - Victoria Murphy (University of Oxford)

Multilingual pupils in mainstream education: The importance of evidence

A Graduate School of Education research event
Date10 May 2021
Time17:00 to 18:30
PlaceZOOM

Victoria Murphy (University of Oxford)

Multilingual pupils in mainstream education: The importance of evidence

In this presentation I will discuss the role of Education as a context through which young children’s emergent bi- or multilingualism is supported.  I focus on children who have a home language that is different from their language of education and present a selective review some evidence which speaks to academic and L2 outcomes in this population. I then highlight the particular importance of developing knowledge of vocabulary as a means of supporting literacy development in linguistically diverse pupils and present some research on children’s developing knowledge of lexical form, particularly with respect to metaphors and polysemes. I conclude by arguing for a need to have more focused studies investigating multilingual pedagogies that present a balanced and evidence-based agenda for supporting linguistically diversity in all our pupils. Without this evidence we are unable to adequately support multilingual pupils in linguistically diverse classrooms.


ProviderGraduate School of Education
Intended audienceAcademic staff and students
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