Social representations of multilingualism

Alice Chik, Silvia Melo-Pfeifer

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Representations of multilingualism circulate in everyday life and are constructed through and in social interaction, regardless of the degree of multilingualism in the environment. Representations of multilingualism are also anchored in lived everyday experiences and exchanges, and are related to the social contexts and expectations where individuals live. This means that representations of multilingualism are socially constructed and situated in time and space. This chapter discusses current research topics and strategies on representations of multilingual repertories, and language education in school and in the community by students and teachers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQualitative research topics in language teacher education
EditorsGary Barkhuzien
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780429461347
ISBN (Print)9781138618121, 9781138618145
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    Chik, A., & Melo-Pfeifer, S. (2019). Social representations of multilingualism. In G. Barkhuzien (Ed.), Qualitative research topics in language teacher education (pp. 149-154). London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.