MARS. Multilingualism as a reality in schools

MARS. Meertaligheid als realiteit op school
Start - End 
2013 - 2015 (completed)
Department of Linguistics
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language learning



Immigrant children’s poor school results are often linked to their linguistic background. More traditional measurements which compare groups of non-native and native speakers pose serious limitations and result in too much statistical noise. By developing a mixed method design, the project seeks to develop a more refined instrument for investigating the dynamic interaction between multilingual proficiencies, users’ dispositions and perceptions, and their effects on school results. We make use of a (quantitative) instrument which complements proficiency measurement with an extensive set of questions about multilingual repertoires. In addition, beliefs, perceptions and multilingual practices are charted using qualitative techniques: interviews and focus groups.