Do Language Codes Affect Multilingualism?: A Case Study of an Inclusive School

Subramaniam, Sneha (2013) Do Language Codes Affect Multilingualism?: A Case Study of an Inclusive School. Language and Language Teaching, 2 (1). pp. 41-44. ISSN 2277-307X

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When I first visited Poorna, an inclusive, ‘alternative’ school in Bangalore and spent time with the students, I was struck by their candour and easy articulation, and most of all by their free and fluent expression. They showed a complete lack of self-consciousness about background, class, caste and religion, in forging relations. I wondered how social rights and equality, expressed so matter-of-factly by these young ten-year-olds, had come to be a part of their lives. In a school hallmarked by its socioeconomic and cultural diversity, how did the identities and expression of the students, escape from falling into class traps?

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Subramaniam, Sneha
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Language, Multilinguality, Multilingual Education, Learning Classrooms
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
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Note: Published twice a year in January and July, Language and Language Teaching (LLT) reaches out to language teachers, researchers and teacher educators on issues and practices relevant to language teaching. The primary focus of the publication is language pedagogy in elementary schools. LLT proposes to establish a dialogue between theory and practice so that practice contributes to theory as much as theory informs practice. The purpose is to make new ideas and insights from research on language and its pedagogy accessible to practitioners while at the same time inform theorists about the constraints of implementation of new ideas.
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