Plurilingual pre-service teachers

Robyn Moloney, Andrew Giles

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    Abstract

    ‘What’s your nash, miss?’ Plurilingual pre-service teachers preparing to teach in Sydney schools. What is it like to be a plurilingual pre-service teacher, training to teach in Australian schools? Recently, 15 primary and secondary pre-service (trainee) teachers who had a range of languages other than English, were interviewed about the relationship between their multiple languages, their tertiary teacher education, and their future teaching career. The question explored was whether these pre-service teachers are able to use their ‘plurilingual’ abilities in their own education, and in their Australian school teaching context? ‘Plurilingual’ describes an ability to use languages flexibly across different contexts, where languages interrelate and interact, with the ability to use them to critique and improve communication.
    Original languageEnglish
    Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
    PublisherLanguage on the move
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2015

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    Keywords

    • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
    • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)

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