The Language Awareness/Eveil aux langues Approach
The Nordic and Baltic countries have long modelled various kinds of plurilingualism and the language awareness that comes with learning and speaking a language in this relative field. Yet there is currently a call for the reassessment of the position of language diversity in these countries: in fact some languages are privileged over others, and hierarchies introduced that include some languages while excluding others.
This three year project aims to take up the questions of language diversity as they apply to the Nordic and Baltic countries in the context of the Language Awareness approach being developed in European and international education more widely. This innovative approach integrates in the teaching/learning activities all sorts of linguistic varieties: e.g. the language(s) of education, foreign languages, regional languages, minority languages and migrant languages. The approach has been designed 1) to support language acquisition in general, 2) to recognize the diversity of languages, among them the languages already spoken by students and 3) to provide a framework for the development of metalinguistic competences amongst students by exposing them to the theory and practice of different languages. The Nordic and Baltic countries provide many settings in which this approach could be used profitably as well as being countries where the experience of teachers and students with plurilingualism make them ideally placed to further develop the larger conversations fostered by the Language Awareness approach.
The teaching activity "The plurilingual mouse" was implemented as an introductory teaching activity for our team to familiarize with the Language Awareness approach and to be implemented in their classroom work with the pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures. The source of this activity is The European Centre of Modern Languages and the Ministry of Education of Luxembourg.
To view and download the teaching activities developed within our project, see Teaching materials.