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Title: Heritage languages of young people from linguistic and cultural minorities in Portuguese schools: monolingual temptation versus multilingual realities
Author: Faneca, Rosa Maria
Sá, Maria Helena Araújo e
Melo-Pfeifer, Sílvia
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Publisher: Universidade de Aveiro
Abstract: The main purpose of this poster is to present a case study aimed at researching the multilingual repertoires of young people from a linguistic and cultural minority. Further, it analyzes the role of and the place given to heritage languages (HL) in the development of a multilingual and intercultural competence in schools. In the scope of this study, a survey was conducted using two online questionnaires distributed to students from a migrant background and teachers. These students and teachers attended two primary and secondary schools in the central region of Portugal during the academic year 2013–2014. The results show that the students value their HL and perceive them as an instrument of social interaction as well as identity construction and affirmation. Additionally, the results show that both school and teachers recognize and respect the students’ linguistic and cultural capital as well as their composite and plural identities. However, they do not take advantage of this in the classroom by not promoting activities that enrich their students’ cultural and linguistic culture. In this context, the possibilities for an education in/with HL, as a pedagogical and didactic project, are not yet present in the school curriculum and habitus, on the one hand, because there are no educational language policies that incorporate it, and on the other hand, because both school and teachers do not seem to value the role and usefulness of HL in the promotion of an intercultural and multilingual education.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.33774.00327
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