The report Multilingual Education in the Light of Diversity: Lessons Learned reviews international research to reveal how national education systems can better support multilingualism in their schools. Dr Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS) is co-author of the report initiated by the European Commission for Education and Culture. The report offers valuable insights into multilingual education and gives recommendations for policy makers, school communities and practitioners.
The report describes the main challenges and opportunities involved in promoting multilingualism in schools. It looks into the education policies and practices that appear to be inclusive approaches promoting multi-lingualism and continuity of language learning. It describes the role of different stakeholders in supporting multilingualism at individual and societal level. And it gives recommendations that can serve as important (first) steps to improve present policies and ensure that they are linguistically and culturally sensitive.
Linguistic diversity in the classroom
While multilingualism and diversity have always been an integral part of Europe, they have also become important characteristics of many national education systems during the past two decades. More and more young learners are growing up with several cultures and languages and may experience multiple transitions between different school systems and school languages. Multilingualism is becoming more a way of life than a problem to be solved.