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  • Relation between creator and creation, languages and language users, language researchers and their languagesKramsch has used this METAPHOR as a title for her introduction to Language acquisition and language Socialization – Ecological perspectivesLanguage user / language reseracher and their environmentIn Lux the environment is multilingual, so is th research and so are the researchers, though we may prefer the term plurilingual:How to tell the plurilingual researcher from the plurilingual learner in their multilingual contexts?
  • Story of project – but planned and revisited in the light of several key concptsResearchers and project participants as a community of practitioners who develop activities that aim at adaptring to changing contextsMore
  • A narrative approach with crucial presented in the context of our experiences
  • A narrative approach with crucial issues and essential concepts presented in the context of our experiences
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  • conventional distinctions L1, l2 .... Do not applyCf Co E language as subject – Fr and Ge – but not first language, neither students nor teachersMultilingual -plurilingual
  • In Luxembourg there has long been an implicit understanding of what multilingualism is. It is taken for granted that people switch languages (ecauseThat you need to use one or the other languages, to have newspapers with three languages on the same page. Research and discussions in other countries have made us aware of isssues that could be dealt withIndeed, this constant mixing of languages does create problems and tensions; there are a number of situations that would profit from a systematic analysis based on clear concepts.Multilingualism concerns all aspects of life: work, employment, cultural events, the media, formal and informal interactions, adminsitration, daily life, shopping, church.Our own concern is education, and more precisely language learning, language use and language acquisition in secondary schools.Studies done in other contexts can show us what could be examined/ studies
  • .. Getting organised multilingualy meant:Separate slide with team : smart art
  • Team as matrix: an environment in which something developsGermanist – studied German, philosophy comp lit in Germany, teacher of German before joining the universityGermanist (and ???) French language and letters – Language school, Lux as a foreign languageLetters and philosophy, comparative literature in CH, UK and Canada, teacher of English and French before joining the university
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  • Importance of establishing a relation of trust and confidence: no judgment
  • Cross-fertilization
  • Drwback: no focus on an integrated approach to l.l. - Mehrsprachendidaktik

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  • 1. A Plurilingual Portfolio Projectfor secondary school and research in Luxembourg Marie-Anne Hansen-Pauly University of Luxembourg “Researching Multilingually” Durham University 28th-29th March 2012
  • 2. “How can we tell the dancer from the dance?” Claire Kramsch / W.B. Yeats, “Among Schoolchildren”Researching multilinguallyabout multilingual and plurilingual practices in schoolcontexts Multilingual refers to  Several languages involved: plurilingual learners and researchers  Situations in which they are used  People who use several languages (plurilingual learners/ teachers)  Works of reference for the research Multilingually  Involving several languages in the research process/ development project with its outcomes
  • 3. Outline Situating the project - Luxembourg  Multilingual curricula for plurilingual learners/ teachers  Project motivation Getting started : project development  Comparing perspectives  Choosing a tool for learning AND research  Driving questions Implementing the project  Negotiating and clarifying the concepts:  Developing a “third space” for multilingual approach Final report and outcomes  Analysing the data  Disseminating results  Questions for future research
  • 4. Situating the project MULTILINGUAL COUNTRY:History and statisticsLanguages and education Multilingual curricula/ plurilingual learners
  • 5. Some historical facts about languages in Luxembourg For many centuries a trilingual country:  Luxembourgish – Lëtzebuergesch, the spoken idiom of all  French, the language of legislation, administration, and more recently the lingua franca of immigrants from southern Europe as well as the language of commuters  German, langue d’alphabétisation Since the 19th century, both German and French have been school languages for all pupils 1984 – this trilingualism was formally recognised in a law
  • 6. “A Language Friendly School ?” All students learn languages  French, German, English – as compulsory languages/ languages as subjects  Italian, Spanish, … as optional languages All students use second/ foreign languages to learn other subjects All teachers teach through a second/ foreign language Students bring in a multitude of first languages – not taught/ used at school
  • 7. Demographic details Année 1981 1991 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 PopulationPopulation totale (x1000) 364,6 384,4 439,5 444,1 448,3 455,0 461,2 469,1 476,2 483,8 493,5 502,1 511,8dont: Femmes 186,7 196,1 223,0 225,2 227,3 230,3 233,1 237,0 240,4 244,2 248,7 252,7 257,2Luxembourgeois 268,8 271,4 277,2 277,3 277,6 277,2 277,5 277,8 277,9 277,9 278,0 285,7 290,5Étrangers (x1000) 95,8 113,0 162,3 166,7 170,7 177,8 183,7 191,3 198,3 205,9 215,5 216,4 221,3dont: - Portugais 29,3 39,1 58,7 59,8 61,4 64,9 67,8 70,8 73,7 76,6 80,0 79,8 81,3 - Italiens 22,3 19,5 19,0 19,1 19,0 19,0 19,0 19,1 19,1 19,1 19,4 18,2 17,7 - Français 11,9 13,0 20,0 20,9 21,6 22,2 23,1 24,1 25,2 26,6 28,5 29,7 31,0 - Belges 7,9 10,1 14,8 15,4 15,9 16,2 16,3 16,5 16,5 16,5 16,7 16,7 17,0 - Allemands 8,9 8,8 10,1 10,1 10,2 10,5 10,8 10,9 11,3 11,6 12,0 12,0 12,1 - Britanniques 2,0 3,2 4,3 4,5 4,7 4,7 4,7 4,8 4,9 5,0 5,3 5,5 5,6 - Néerlandais 2,9 3,5 3,7 3,6 3,6 3,6 3,7 3,7 3,8 3,8 3,9 3,9 3,8 - Autres UE 10,6 6,6 9,2 9,7 9,7 10,3 12,4 14,5 16,5 17,9 19,5 20,5 21,7 - Autres … 9,2 22,5 23,5 24,6 26,4 25,9 26,9 27,3 28,8 30,2 30,1 31,1Étrangers en % 26,3 29,4 36,9 37,5 38,1 39,1 39,8 40,8 41,6 42,6 43,7 43,1 43,2
  • 8. Examples of secondary students’ syllabus/ language of instruction  Valérie, aged 14 Maths French History German  speaks L and some F Biology German at home Geography German  3rd year of SE PE LëtzebuergeschFrench French Arts German French Religious Ed. German FrenchGerman German Latin FrenchEnglish English
  • 9. 5è Valérie’s weekly schedule 9th grade – Secondary Time of exposure to various languages Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday1 French English History Biology French2 Latin PE Latin French Geography3 Maths Maths German PE Latin4 Geography Art & Design English Ethics English5 Ethics Maths6 German French Maths7 German History French Latin German
  • 10. 4e Tom’s weekly schedule 10th grade – Secondary Time of exposure to various languages Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday1 Maths German French PE French2 Moral Ed. Chemistry Maths German Biology Art&Design Chemistry3 PE English English Geography4 History Biology English French Geography Art&Design5 English Maths French6 German French History Maths German
  • 11. A word about language and non-language teachers Graduates from various countries Good language competences Curricula developed in Luxembourg/ resources from abroad
  • 12. Research interests in learning and teaching processes CLIL Learning, using and acquiring several languages Learner and teacher Development of inter- and perspectives transcultural competences through experiences of texts/ literature
  • 13. Events triggering the idea for the project 2001 : Eu Year of languages: CEFR ... ELP national versions in many countries National educational language policies in Lux  2005-EU presidency: Multilingual Classroom  Growing awareness of CEFR  CoE Profile of educational language policies: more cooperation recommended University of Luxembourg (2003): multilingual  Research unit: LCMI (Language, Culture, Media, Identity)
  • 14. Driving questions for our research  Focus on language learners  Compare teaching traditions and methodology  Explore teachers’ cultural identities Do teachers follow an L1 or an L2 / foreign language approach? How can awareness of common concerns be raised? What cooperation between language teachers could help learners?
  • 15. Getting started : project negotiation COMPARING PERSPECTIVESUniversity teamCooperation with language teachers (Lycée Classique Diekirch)CHOOSING A TOOL FOR LEARNING AND RESEARCH
  • 16. University Team 4 common languages/ different levels or areas of academic expertise Luxembourgish as first language plus German, French, English at varying levels of competence All involved in teacher education Also coordinated a European project : CLIL across Contexts: A scaffolding framework for teacher education (2006-2009)
  • 17. The team as matrix for the work• Guy • Vic FRENCH GERMAN Lëtzebuergesch ENGLISH GERMAN• M-A • Dany
  • 18. Preliminary work Negotiating our understanding of key concepts through common background reading in 3 languages  Community of practice, Activity theory, ...  Language use rather than knowledge about the language  Documents of the Council of Europe and theoretical underpinnings  Social constructivism :  Kersten Reich; Philippe Jonnnaert; Mary Larochelle ,  Socio-cultural theory:  J.P. Lantolf ...  Language biographies  “third culture” Claire Kramsch, ...
  • 19. Examples of “problem” terminology requiring some negotiation German words:  Didaktik  HOU – handlungsorientierter Unterricht English words :  Skill  Assessment  TBL French words:  Compétence  Évaluation  autonomie
  • 20. Decision Initiate a research/ development project that would focus on all learners’ (school) languages 2 possibilities:  Separate studies, with each a focus on ONE language; diachronic appraoch  Common project with a focus on new, integrated perspectives, as suggested by CEFR and ELP ; synchronic approach Work with a common tool : a language portfolio  find a school where some language teachers are ready to work together and cooperate with the university
  • 21. Whole team University team StudentTeachers teachers Learners Home languages
  • 22. Several functions for the portfolio For teachers:  Allows implementing recommendations of CoE and Ministry of Education: development and evaluation of language skills and of cultural competences  Fosters innovative practices with a focus on skills  Can be a tool for differentiation, constructive feedback For learners:  Is an instrument for growing autonomy and self-reflection  Strengthens learning strategies in all languages For researchers:  Provides data on learning and teaching processes in 3-4 languages  An artifact for mediation between communities  A mirror of plurilingual learning
  • 23. Plurilingual portfolio Dialogic and interdisciplinary approach Researchers and project participants are interacting communities of practice Projects and changes can be monitored according to principles of activity theory A person’s languages should be conceived as one dynamic and integrated system (multilingual mind) The learners’ environment is crucial for language development (ecological perspective)
  • 24. Implementing the project• NEGOTIATING AND CLARIFYING CONCEPTS• DEVELOPING A “THIRD SPACE” FOR MULTILINGUAL APPROACH
  • 25. Project organisation 3 years at different levels Regular meetings with language teachers of the same class:  to listen and ask questions about current practices  to observe lessons Provide some input on skills/ competence-based language learning Foster exchanges and cooperation between teachers Propose activities around the common portfolio
  • 26. Concepts of Portfolio Starting with the EU model : ELP/ PEL/ ESP: reluctance and scepticism, as too much focus on can-do statements, and functional L2 language German models of portfolios, eg Themenportfolio More complex, content-based approach , more appropriate for L1 approach focus on creativity  Ilse Brunner, Felix Winter French/ Canadian models of portfolios: du concept de compétence à l’évaluation des apprentissages (process-oriented); practical details  Georgette Goupil et Guy Lusignan English/ American models of portfolios: standard-based; Multiple - Intelligences  Carol Rolheiser et al. = Preference for models in one’s “own” language , with a concernfor cultural issues and cultures of learning; some cross consultaion
  • 27. Agreement on key principles Focus on use of language, situated learning, task based learning Accept a common negotiated framework of reference for the 3 languages: 4/5 basic language skills Include cultural elements or work on more literary texts Allow for some learner autonomy Encourage goal setting and self-evaluation Focus on process to provide formative feedbackOn other points no complete agreement could befound, in particular in relation to formal, summativeassessment practices.
  • 28. Points of discussion Creativity and product oriented? Tool for remediation? Portfolio structure? Choice of documents: ... ? Inclusion of Luxembourgish? Integration in regular lessons or separate times for pf? Common portfolio/ folder for all languages? Language biography? In what language? Project duration?
  • 29. “Third space” Conceive the classroom and the portfolio as spaces integrating different cultural and language components E.g.: Learners who are familiar with texts in German, French ..., and who have their own cultural experiences will integrate these elements into their construction of meaning when reading a text in English or ...
  • 30. Final report and outcomes • Analysing the data • Disseminating results • Questions for future research
  • 31. Analysing the data Learners’ productions as inserted in the portfolio Oral presentations of portfolios with comments of self-evaluation Interviews with learners Posters on portfolio experience Teacher questionnaires Student teachers’ reports of their portfolio experiences
  • 32. What do the portfolios developed by teachers/ students tell us about the processes of language acquisition and multilingualism? What we looked at to assess multilingual learning  The use of a language biography  References to learners’ L1  Common structure of portfolio presentations for all languages  Shared grids of (self-)evaluation  Assessment practices  Language learning strategies / awareness of similarities  Examples of mediation  Visibility of (common) teaching methodology
  • 33. Conclusions A portfolio of plurilingual learners must be more than the addition of separate monolingual language portfolios  Space for integrated , intedisciplinary/ multilingual products  Space for common reflections on shared checklists  Space for separate culturally determined products and personal comments from a plurilingual perspective  Space for learners’ creativity and personal interests  Shared responsibility of language teachers – provide slots in the curriculum (timetable)
  • 34. Questions of multilingually researching team Separate, expert reports or global appreciation?  E.g.: Can an expert of German analyse the English components of a portfolio? What language(s) for dissemination?  Bilingual presentations? Slides in one language and oral comments in another?  Publication? –Multilingual publishers?  Translations?! Role of a common language – but which one?