Experimenting with Lyricism

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This conference paper presents the preliminary results from a research project that is grounded in two initiatives. The first is a systematic integration of poetry in the German language classroom in order to develop multilingual students’ communicative and intercultural competences (Byram,1997) in the Danish primary school (folkeskolen). The second is a pluralistic approach (Daryai-Hansen, in press) to teaching German as a foreign language that challenges monolingualism in a multilingual classroom. The beginning stages of this project already lay the foundation for experimentation with multilingual lyricism (Mayr-Hueber, 2016) in the subject of German as a foreign language with multilingual students.
This paper will contribute to the themes of the symposium as it will shed light on students’ multi- and metalinguistic creativity through lyrical experimentations that reach beyond the target language of German in the Danish classroom to other languages pertinent to the students’ linguistic repertoires. It will, furthermore, directly contribute to the current discussion on converging foreign
language and literature in the communicative foreign language classroom, thus (re)claiming the rightful and essential place of literature in the German language classroom. The purpose is to create conditions for an organic development of students’ intercultural, communicative, and symbolic competence (Kramsch, 2011).
Original languageEnglish
Publication date7 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2018
EventMultilingualism and Education: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives - Universitetet i Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 7 May 20188 May 2018


ConferenceMultilingualism and Education: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives
LocationUniversitetet i Oslo
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  • Media, communication and languages
  • learning, educational science and teaching


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