Language practices and language ideologies in Ukrainian-Danish classrooms

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In this presentation, our focus is directed towards the sociolinguistic aspects of the teaching of Ukrainian children in Danish schools. On policy level, special provision for Ukrainian newcomers to Danish primary and lower secondary schools has been made. While other groups of newcomers are taught in Danish only, special legislation allows for both Danish, English and Ukrainian to function as medium of instruction for Ukrainian children. Furthermore, new evaluation material and capacity building courses have been developed to support teachers of Ukrainian children. But how are these special provisions managed and negotiated in the classroom? In our presentation, we apply a critical sociolinguistic perspective (Blackledge & Creese, 2010; Blommaert; 2010) and drawing on classroom observations, interviews with teachers and language assistants and children’s production of language portraits (Busch 2018; 2012), we point to language ideological tensions in everyday school encounters between teachers, language assistants and children.

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Busch, B. (2012). The Linguistic Repertoire Revisited. Applied Linguistics, 33(5), 503–523.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date16 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2023
EventNERA Conference 2023: Digitalization and Technologies in Education Opportunities and Challenges - OsloMet, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 15 Mar 202317 Mar 2023
Conference number: 2023


ConferenceNERA Conference 2023
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  • learning, educational science and teaching

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