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Crystallizing linguistic awareness in multilingual education

Ulrike Jessner

in Linguistic Awareness in Multilinguals

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748619139
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671496 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619139.003.0005
Crystallizing linguistic awareness in multilingual education

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This chapter presents various applications of linguistic awareness research to multilingual education. It suggests that one of the main goals in future language teaching should be to foster linguistic awareness, one of the key factors of multilingual proficiency, in the classroom. How synergies and new qualities in language learning can be created in both multilingual learners and teachers respectively is the focus of the main part of the discussion. In relation to this, some recent European projects on multilingual learning and teaching are presented. Since English language teaching forms part of more or less every syllabus, this new approach not only represents one important step in the development of multilingual education in general, but also has implications for the English language classroom.

Keywords: linguistic awareness; language teaching; multilingual proficiency; multilingual learning; multilingual education; language learning; English language

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Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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