The mother tongue project – University of Copenhagen

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Mother tongue education for linguistic minority pupils in the super-diverse metropolis of Copenhagen

In the research group Mother tongue education for linguistic minority pupils in the super-diverse metropolis of Copenhagen (SuperMOTE) we will provide new insight into language and literacy practices among minority pupils in relation to mother tongue education.

We study the use and understanding of language among children, parents and teachers with a starting-point in mother tongue classrooms but also during their normal school-day and outside classrooms and school. We examine the status and significance of mother tongue education for the participants (i.e. children, teachers and parents) as well as the impact of mother tongue education on the participants’ development of identity and linguistic repertoires.

Methodologically, we take our point of departure in Educational Linguistics, Linguistic Ethnography and Language Socialization.

The research project is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research │ Sapere Aude.


Further information

on:

- subproject: Turkish mother tongue education
- subproject: Arabic as a mother tongue
- subproject: Farsi as a mother tongue
- subproject: Polish language instruction for linguistic minority children in the metropolis of Copenhagen
- subproject: Minority children’s literacies in sibling relationships