LINGUIST List 30.2898

Wed Jul 24 2019

Confs: Applied Ling, Lang Acquisition, Psycholing, Socioling, Typology/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 24-Jul-2019
From: Eva Knopp <>
Subject: Neighbour Languages and the Plurilingual Classroom (S103)
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Neighbour Languages and the Plurilingual Classroom (S103)

Date: 09-Aug-2020 - 14-Aug-2020
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Contact: Eva Knopp
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Meeting Description:

(Session of World Congress of Applied Linguistics)

This symposium is dedicated to the learning and teaching of neighbour languages (NL). We will discuss how new plurilingual approaches to language learning can be applied to the NL-classroom and, vice versa, how the specifics of NL can contribute to a better understanding of second and foreign language learning and teaching.

Featured Speaker:
Joana Duarte (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen & NHL Stenden Hogeschool)


Eva M. Knopp (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Sabine Jentges (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)

Long description:

While European integration has led to a steady increase in cross-border mobility, borders are still perceived as linguistic and cultural boundaries. This is amplified by the rise of English as a lingua franca, on the one hand, and increasing linguistic diversification within each country, on the other hand, which have led to a decline of speakers that know their neighbour language (NL). Despite high economic demands for such speakers and despite supportive EU language-policies (e.g. mother tongue plus 2), NLs have not been central to debates on foreign language (FL) curricula.

However, new approaches to multi- and plurilingualism, as reflected in the new CEFR-compendium, provide the perfect opportunity for a better integration of NL in FL-curricula. In the NL classroom, we can make use of the geographical, cultural and often typological closeness of the native and target language. Through geographical and cultural closeness NL teaching allows for the development of critical cultural awareness in the region. Furthermore, the typological closeness of many NLs provides a perfect opportunity to foster inclusive plurilingual strategies (e.g. receptive multilingualism) and multilingual language awareness.

In this symposium, we invite researchers and practitioners to present on the potential of NL-didactics in the multi- and plurilingual classroom.

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