Plurilingual whole school curricula (Britta Hufeisen, Ute Henning)
Plurilingual whole school curricula are taking into account growing and diversifying multiculturality and multilingualism by proposing ways of integrating more languages into the school curriculum. Such a plurilingual policy is intended to provide students with the opportunity to become acquainted with a large variety of languages and to get in-depth experience with them. Thus, it includes not only majority languages and our typical classroom-taught foreign languages but also, depending on each school's context, regional languages, family language, minority languages and neighboring languages.
In terms of organization and teaching, this plurilingual policy makes use of concepts such as Content and language(s) integrated learning (CLIL), project teaching and cross-curricular teaching. Didactics of multilingualism, tertiary language didactics and intercomprehension didactics play a key role as well.
PlurCur was a project between 2012 and 2015 at European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz and it was part of the program “Learning through languages – Promoting inclusive, plurilingual and intercultural education”. A network of sixteen schools in seven European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania) tried out aspects of a prototypical plurilingual whole school curriculum, as proposed by Hufeisen in 2011.
On the website www.ecml.at/plurcur, some of the teaching and school projects as well as those factors which influenced the implementation of plurilingual whole school policy aspects in PlurCur have been published. In addition, a more comprehensive publication has been published in print. This book documents all the project schools and their plurilingual projects, makes reflections on the prototypical plurilingual whole school curriculum from 2011 and reports on research studies carried out as part of the project (cf. Allgäuer-Hackl/Brogan/Henning/Hufeisen/Schlabach 2015a); the book will be available in English as a free PDF download by mid-2017. There is a report online in German on the final PlurCur conference, which took place within the initiative Deutsch 3.0 by the Goethe-Institut.
The concepts from PlurCur are being continued and developed further in the Erasmus+ funded project Plur>E. Seven secondary schools from five European countries (Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Turkey) are conducting school projects for the promotion of multilingualism. In particular, they reflect what needs to be done in school development in order to achieve mid- and long-termn sustainability.
The project partners have so far held meetings in Tralee (Ireland), Istanbul (Turkey) and Merano (Italy). The final project meeting will be held in September 2017 at TU Darmstadt, followed by a final conference on 22nd September 2017. This conference is open to people working in teaching, school development, school management, teacher training and education policy. For more information and the open invitation, please click here (contact person: Ute Henning).
|Elisabeth Allgäuer-Hackl, Kristin Brogan, Ute Henning, Britta Hufeisen & Joachim Schlabach (Hg. 2015a): MehrSprachen? – PlurCur! Berichte aus Forschung und Praxis zu Gesamtsprachencurricula. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren (Mehrsprachigkeit und multiples Sprachenlernen 11). This publication will be availabe in English as a free PDF download by mid-2017.|
Elisabeth Allgäuer-Hackl, Kristin Brogan, Ute Henning, Britta Hufeisen & Joachim Schlabach (Hg. 2015b): Erste Schritte zur Entwicklung von Gesamtsprachencurricula: Beispiele aus der schulischen Praxis / |
Towards whole school language curricula: Examples of practice in schools. Webseite des Projektes PlurCur. Graz: ECML. Online unter http://www.ecml.at/plurcur. Available in German and English.
|Britta Hufeisen (2011): Gesamtsprachencurriculum. Weitere Überlegungen zu einem prototypischen Modell. In: Baur, Rupprecht S. & Hufeisen, Britta (Hg.): „Vieles ist sehr ähnlich“. Individuelle und gesellschaftliche Mehrsprachigkeit als bildungspolitische Aufgabe. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Hohengehren (Mehrsprachigkeit und multiples Sprachenlernen, 6), 265-282. English version available online.|
|Britta Hufeisen (2015a): Zur möglichen Rolle der sog. klassischen Sprachen für Gesamtsprachencurriculumskonzepte. In: Hoffmann, Sabine & Stork, Antje (Hg.), Lernerorientierte Fremdsprachenforschung und -didaktik. Tübingen: Narr, 45-57.|
|Britta Hufeisen (2015b): Gesamtsprachencurricula – Zwischenbericht zur Projektidee „PlurCur“ am Europäischen Fremdsprachenzentrum. In: Böcker, Jessica & Stauch, Anette (Hg.), Konzepte aus der Sprachlehrforschung – Impulse für die Praxis. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 103-124.|