Multilingual Classrooms as Sites of Negotiations of Language and Literacy

Line Møller Daugaard, Helle Pia Laursen

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Chapter 4, by Daugaard and Laursen, examines a multilingual classroom in Denmark as a site of negotiations of language and literacy. Classrooms have never been homogeneous, in many senses, but in the present era of global fl ows and new forms of mobility the heterogeneous nature of classrooms is more prominent than ever. In this chapter, the classroom is characterized as a messy marketplace, in which language ideologies and identity options are maintained, contested and negotiated. The close examination of literacy practices in the classroom in focus in this chapter shows what transitional processes take place when people move across spaces and how the sociolinguistic reality of the classroom clashes with the educational conceptualization of ‘the bilingual student’. The analysis also shows how multilingual children actively claim – and transform – linguistic space in the classroom.
TitelLiteracy practices in transition. Perspectives from the Nordic Countries
RedaktørerLars Holm, Anne Pitkähnen-Huhta
Antal sider16
ForlagMultilingual Matters
ISBN (Trykt)978-1847698391
StatusUdgivet - 2012


  • undervisning
  • language ideologies
  • literacy practices
  • multilingual classroom