Language and Education Network - Research Seminar - Åsta Haukås (University of Bergen) Multilingual teenagers: Who are they and what are their beliefs about multilingualism? Insights from the Norwegian school context

A Graduate School of Education research event
Date8 November 2021
Time17:00 to 18:30
PlaceZOOM

Åsta Haukås (University of Bergen)


Multilingual teenagers: Who are they and what are their beliefs about multilingualism? Insights from the Norwegian school context

How do we talk about multilingualism? Whom do we include and whom do we exclude? Answers to these questions are central to understanding discourses on multilingualism in society as a whole, and educational contexts in particular. This talk aims to explore these questions by examining views of multilingualism in education in Norway. Based on a brief overview of prevailing definitions of multilingualism and the presentation of Norway as a multilingual country, I discuss the extent to which multilingualism is seen as a resource in the curricula for selected language subjects, white papers on education, the work of scholars researching multilingualism, and among Norwegians in general. These understandings are compared to pupils’ own definitions of multilingualism and to what extent they identify as multilingual. The data from the pupils were collected as part of the longitudinal, mixed method project Ungspråk (2018-2022), which aims to examine lower secondary school pupils’ multilingualism and multilingual identity development in Norway. 

 

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ProviderGraduate School of Education
Intended audienceAcademic staff and students
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