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The potentialities of children in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual context

Author(s) Dinvaut, A  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
Keywords/Abstract
For French schools working in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual context, the relationship between teachers and families is a key issue. Within the GRIC (Groupe de Recherche sur les Interactions Communicatives) at the Université Lumière Lyon II and the IUFM (Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres) of Lyon I am studying language interactions in a multi-cultural perspective. This research aims to provide the tools to: bridge the gap between French teachers and parents who were born (or whose parents were born) in another country; encourage the mutual contribution of foreign parents and teachers to the language of children; take into account the multi-cultural and multi-lingual potentialities of children; help primary school teachers (especially when they are mono-cultural and monolingual) to understand both the possibilities and difficulties presented by and to multi-cultural and multi-lingual pupils; allow teachers a better understanding of their pupils through exploring their own linguistic and cultural biographies
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