The Routledge Handbook of Plurilingual Language Education is the first comprehensive publication on plurilingualism, offering a multidimensional reflection on the nature, scope, and potential of plurilingualism in language education and society.
Authored by a range of internationally recognized experts, the Handbook provides an overview of key perspectives on plurilingualism in a complementary range of fields. After a comprehensive introduction to the concept itself, 24 chapters are organized in six parts, each examining plurilingualism through a different lens. The Handbook spans historical, philosophical, and sociological dimensions, examines cognitive and neuroscientific implications, and the limitations of boundaries before moving to a pragmatic perspective: How is plurilingual language education developing in different contexts around the world? How can it contribute to language revitalization? How can it be expected to develop in education, digital spaces, and society as a whole?
Written for an international audience, this handbook is an indispensable reference tool for scholars in education and applied linguistics, educators, graduate and post-graduate students, and policy makers.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
An Introduction to Plurilingualism and This Handbook
Enrica Piccardo, Aline Germain-Rutherford, and Geoff Lawrence
Summaries of Chapters in the Handbook
Historical Perspectives on Plurilingualism
Edited by Brian North
1 Promoting Plurilingualism and Plurilingual Education: A European Perspective
2 Plurilingualism and the Tangled Web of Lingualisms
3 The Mediated Nature of Plurilingualism
4 Cosmopolitanism and Plurilingual Traditions: Learning from South Asian and Southern African Practices of Intercultural Communication
Shakil Rabbi and Suresh Canagarajah
Part I: Critical Friend Response
Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives
Edited by Brian Morgan and Ian Martin
5 Language, Languaging, Plurilanguaging: Considerations on the Nature of Language and Language Education
6 Evaluating Theoretical Constructs Underlying Plurilingual Pedagogies: The Role of Teachers as Knowledge-Generators and Agents of Language Policy
7 Latin American Postcolonial Approaches to Plurilingualism: The Mexican Experience
8 Linguistic Hybridity and Global Mobility
Part II: Critical Friend Response
The Plurilingual Individual: Cognition and Socialization
Edited by Claudia Maria Riehl
9 Neuroscience and Plurilingual Education: Trends for a Research Agenda
Claudia Maria Riehl
10 The Cognitive and Psychological Dimensions of Plurilingualism
Thomas H. Bak and Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith
11 A Sociocognitive Theory for Plurilingualism: Complex Dynamic Systems Theory
Diane Larsen-Freeman and Elka Todeva
12 Plurilingual Creativity: A New Framework for Research in Plurilingual and Creative Practices
Anatoliy V. Kharkhurin
Part III: Critical Friend Response
Isabel Capron Puozzo
Negotiating Boundaries: Plurilingual Expression
Edited by Bernd Rüschoff
13 Questioning Human and Material Boundaries in Plurilingual Identity Construction
Diane Dagenais, Geneviève Brisson, Magali Forte, and Gwénaëlle André
14 Social Sciences’ Last Hope: Giving Plurilingualism a Chance?
15 Online Plurilingual Interaction: Identity Construction and Development of Plurilingual Competence in Students and Teachers: A Focus on Intercomprehension
Maria Helena Araújo e Sá and Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer
16 What Can Theatre Contribute to Plurilingual Education?
Part IV: Critical Friend Response
Plurilingualism, Pluriculturalism, and Practices in Language Education
Edited by Aline Germain-Rutherford and Geoff Lawrence
17 Plurilingual Mediation in the Classroom: Examples from Practice
18 Intercomprehension: Strengths and Opportunities of a Pluralistic Approach
Maddalena De Carlo and Sandra Garbarino
19 Language Assessment in the Context of Plurilingualism
Nick Saville and Graham Seed
20 A Multi-Perspective Tour of Best Practices
Perspective 1: Plurilingual Education in Europe: Contexts, Initiatives and Ongoing Challenges
Emilee Moore and Mercè Bernaus
Perspective 2: Challenges to Implementing Best Practices in Complex Plurilingual Environments: The Case of South Asia
Shelley K. Taylor and Ajit K. Mohanty
Perspective 3: Plurilingualism in Southern Africa
Medadi E. Ssentanda and Bonny Norton
Perspective 4: Plurilingual Possibilities in the US: Beyond Translanguaging with Minoritized Bilinguals to Critical Multilingual Language Awareness for All Learners
Perspective 5: Plurilingual Teachers in a Monolingual Disguise: Linguistic Landscapes and Language Pedagogy in Two Brazilian Language Programmes
Perspective 6: Plurilingual Practices: A Canadian Perspective
Perspective 7: Plurilingual Perspectives in Australian Education
Sue Ollerhead and Julie Choi
Part V: Critical Friend Response
Angel M. Y. Lin
The Potential Future of Plurilingualism
Edited by Shelley Taylor and Enrica Piccardo
21 Language Revitalization as a Plurilingual Endeavour
22 Plurilingualism in Digital Spaces
23 Examining the Nature and Potential of Plurilingual Language Education: Towards a Seven-Step Plurilingual Language Education Framework
24 The Ongoing Role of the CEFR in Our Plurilingual Landscape
Part VI: Critical Friend Response
Enrica Piccardo is Professor of Language Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and Director of the CERLL Research Centre. Co-author of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Companion Volume (Council of Europe, 2020), she has coordinated international research projects in Canada and Europe. Her research spans language teaching approaches/curricula, multi/plurilingualism, creativity, and complexity in language education.
Aline Germain-Rutherford is Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include faculty development, second language pedagogy, speech technology, and the integration of active pedagogy into online learning practices. She is the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellow Award, a Canadian award for excellence and leadership in higher education.
Geoff Lawrence is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching at York University, in Toronto, Canada. His research and publications focus on technology-mediated, intercultural, and plurilingual approaches in language teaching and teacher education.
"This is an important and timely contribution, exploring comprehensively the significance, reach, and influence of plurilingualism, conceptually, geographically, and pedagogically. It highlights how a theoretical concept with its genesis in Europe can further inform and expand those sociolinguistic and applied linguistic fields worldwide which focus on language plurality as their starting point. Read it."
Stephen May, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
"This comprehensive volume is an outstanding contribution to the study of plurilingualism and plurilingual education. It is an excellent resource for scholars and for all those interested in how to value plurilingual repertoires and how to consider linguistic and cultural diversity as an asset."
Jasone Cenoz, University of the Basque Country, Spain.
"This collection of insights into plurilingual education presents a significant contribution for all interested in plurilingual education, multilingualism, language teaching and language learning in general. It summarizes the state-of-the-art of contemporary knowledge in an extraordinary variety of topics and thereby gives evidence of the multifaceted nature of the fairly new domain. This indispensable resource will certainly open up new research avenues in the field of language pedagogy in its relation to the dynamics and complexity of pluri- and multilingualism."
Ulrike Jessner, University of Innsbruck, Austria and University of Pannonia, Hungary.
"Plurilingualism is a phenomenon whose significance has become more evident, and analysed, in the contemporary world, and one of which educators must take into account. With contributions from authoritative scholars, this handbook provides the foundation on which new educational practices and outcomes can be constructed. It is a volume for every language professional and educators’ library."
Michael Byram, University of Durham, UK.
"This much needed handbook consolidates theories, philosophies and practices around plurilingualism in education from different disciplinary, cultural and geographical angles. An essential companion for researchers, educators and teacher educators!"
Gabriela Meier, University of Exeter, UK.