Narratives about Spanish teaching in lower secondary school in Denmark – voices from the ‘efterskole’

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The Danish educational system suffers from a crisis in language education, extending from primary to tertiary education and affecting all other foreign languages than English. However, the crisis seems unevenly distributed across the complex educational landscape characterizing lower secondary school in Denmark. While only very few mainstream public lower secondary schools offer Spanish as an elective foreign language, Spanish teaching seems to thrive in alternative school forms. This is especially true for the ‘efterskole’; a unique
and increasingly popular Danish residential school form targeted at students aged 14-18 in Year 8, 9 and 10. Currently, one of five ‘efterskole’ offer Spanish which forms a remarkable contrast to the limited provision of Spanish in mainstream public schools. However, teaching in ‘efterskole’ is generally under-researched and Spanish teaching in ‘efterskole’ remains unexplored. This paper
presentation draws on an ongoing pilot project aiming to shed light on Spanish teaching in ‘efterskole’ in Denmark. The project finds inspiration in linguistic ethnography (Copland & Creese, 2015) and applies an ecological perspective to language teaching (Creese & Martin, 2003; van Lier, 2004). The empirical material is produced through linguistic ethnographic fieldwork in four different ‘efterskole’
settings and consists of fieldnotes, photos and audio recordings from the classroom and semi-structured interviews with students and teachers. The paper presentation will present a preliminary analysis of narratives about foreign language teaching in Spanish.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date9 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2023
EventHispanic? Sociolinguistics at a Crossroads. X International Conference of Hispanic Linguistics - University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 20239 Jun 2023


ConferenceHispanic? Sociolinguistics at a Crossroads. X International Conference of Hispanic Linguistics
LocationUniversity of Liverpool
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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