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Teachers’ practical knowledge, standard language and multicultural classrooms

Bezemer, Jeff (2008) Teachers’ practical knowledge, standard language and multicultural classrooms. In: Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Springer, pp. 225-236.

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This review deals with the teaching of national standard languages in multicultural contexts in Europe. It discusses ethnographic studies that describe and analyse subject English in England, German in Germany, Dutch in the Netherlands, and so forth. Its focus is on teachers’ practical knowledge as reflected in the discourses they produce in classrooms and in interviews. The early developments in this field are discussed in the context of the work of the International Mother Tongue Education Network (IMEN), which was set up in 1981. Initially, this network developed and used ethnographic research methodologies to investigate how standard language teaching was nationally and culturally shaped. In the 1990s, its attention shifted towards the challenge of multilingualism and multiculturalism to standard language teaching. A similar focus emerged in European ethnographic research outside the network. The main thrust of the contributions discussed in this area is the attribution and legitimization of linguistic resources in standard language classrooms in contexts of immigration and multilingualism. Some new avenues for future research are also discussed

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