Group reflection as a tool for linguistically sensitive teaching

  • Júlia Llompart (Speaker)
  • Mari Bergroth (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


In the European Union the multilingual realities, practices and identities have promoted changes in the conception of language education based, basically, on the shift from a ’monolingual paradigm’ –which is still present in many schools in different countries– to a ’multilingual paradigm’, that tends to privilege multilingual models based on parallel multilingualisms, thus teaching languages separately. Often, in teacher training and practice, both paradigms translate into monolingual pedagogical approaches and views about the students, although all students in the European Union need teachers who are linguistically sensitive in order to receive a more equal education.

The European project LISTiac (Linguistically Sensitive Teaching in all classrooms, LST, 606695-EPP-1-2018-2-FI-EPPKA3-PI-POLICY) aims at bringing change on multiple levels related to education, language and social justice through the development and experimentation of a reflection tool for in-service teachers, teacher educator and future teachers in order to make them more linguistically sensitive in their believes, attitudes and actions. In this workshop we will propose a collaborative reflection on the staff group discussion reflection tool that has been pre-designed by the LISTiac group. Therefore, participants –in-service teachers and/ or researchers– will be invited to: a) first, analyze data from a group discussion about teacher training and LST and discuss about the relationship between teacher training, identity and prejudices; 2) use the staff group discussion reflection tool to participate in a group discussion and think about their contribution to LST in their professional field; 3) discuss the strong points and the weak points of the tool and propose changes in order to co-create a reflection tool on LST. Moreover, by taking part in the workshop, participants are encouraged to reflect on their own teaching practice, their own view of the world and LST.

Keywords: linguistically sensitive teaching, reflection, teacher training, plurilingualism
Period1 Jun 2021
Event titleLanguage education for social justice
Event typeConference
LocationJyväskylä, FinlandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational