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Languages of Sydney
The People and the Passion
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In today?s multicultural classrooms, educators are increasingly entrusted with the education of plurilingual students whose linguistic identities have rarely been foregrounded in classroom interactions. In order to address the ways of knowing and learning of our diverse student population, it is imperative that educators recognise and incorporate the linguistic and cultural heritage of the students in their classes. One way to examine beliefs, values and meanings regarding language learning and linguistic identity is for participants to map language experiences to body silhouettes and to record, through narratives, how their attitudes and perceptions are affected by their own language and cultural background. To this end, this action research project required student-teachers, who were undertaking a unit of study on multiculturalism and education, to reflect on what meanings are constructed, the cultural/linguistic influences on these constructions, and how these constructions guided their thoughts, behaviours and worldviews implicit in their linguistic identities. Hence, this action research project worked with students as reflective practitioners to document their experiences with language ? both languages that are part of their heritage and those which they undertook as part of their formal learning requirements. This project includes a toolkit that can be used with learners of any age, cultural, linguistic and educational contexts. The ideas presented in the tool kit can act as an extension of the body silhouettes to further extend student expression of shared language and cultural experiences.
The authors are language / literacy professionals who are themselves migrants to Sydney. They have brought their language and cultural heritages with them to Australia and marvel at the diversity of languages and people who learn, speak and use these languages. They believe that the people and their passion about languages and cultures combine to make Sydney a great metropolis.
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"the collection of illustrations and narratives in this publication produced by alice chik, susan markose and di alperstein makes a valuable contribution to raising the visibility and audibility of our linguistic diversity beyond the individual linguistic communities themselves. looking through the various body silhouettes with their vast range of languages thoughtfully placed in different areas around their bodies triggered my own somewhat self-indulgent stories at the start of this foreword. more than any formal research paper or presentation, this publication is able to convey not only the variety of languages that are, quite literally, embodied in the student teachers’ contributions, but also the deeply personal and emotional significance that the languages have for these individuals. reading these explorations of plurilingualism, how could anyone ever again decide that it is a good idea to exclude any of their languages from our classrooms and other public spaces? clearly language is intertwined with identity, so excluding a language is rejecting part of someone’s identity" (terry lamb, foreword)
Bloggat om Languages of Sydney
foreword by terry lamb
chapter 1 introduction
chapter 2 the languages, the people, the passion
chapter 3 how children depict their multilingual selves? from a research goal to the heritage language classroom… and back! a research memoir by sílvia melo-pfeifer