Meeting the Needs of Reunited Refugee Families

Meeting the Needs of Reunited Refugee Families An Ecological, Multilingual Approach to Language Learning - Researching Multilingually

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Publisher's Synopsis

This book explores the gap between policy, practice and academic literature within language learning for refugees and argues that a multilingual approach, which combines translanguaging principles, decolonising methodology and linguistic hospitality,  provides a more accessible starting point than current monolingual pedagogies. It considers the multilingual and multilateral approach laid out within Scotland's New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy, which recognises the importance of linguistic diversity and two-way integration. The divide between policy, practice and theory points towards the need to counteract the dominant monolingual/social cohesion narrative through suitable pedagogies which highlight linguistic diversity in a positive way. The author suggests 'ecologising' as an alternative language pedagogy, drawing on three key findings: the significance of decolonising, collaborative learner/teacher relationships during the liminal phase of refugee arrival; the importance of place and orientation; and an increased understanding of language and 'languaging'.

Book information

ISBN: 9781800414594
Publisher: Channel View Publications
Imprint: Multilingual Matters
Pub date:
DEWEY: 418.0071
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256 .
Weight: 394g
Height: 156mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 17mm