Teachers’ ‘Other’ Language Preferences: A Study of the Monolingual Mindset in the Classroom
H. Coleman (ed.). 2017. Multilingualisms and Development. London: British Council. ISBN 978-0-86355-840-5
18 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 16, 2017
In a bid to understand how ‘other languages’ in the classroom are perceived by teachers, 276 language and non-language teachers were asked to respond to a survey questionnaire on their other language use and preferences. Following the survey, 40 of these teachers participated in an open-ended interview that probed the reasoning behind their use of other languages and their preferences. Based on a thematic analysis the study presents the teachers’ implicit language ideologies that mediate their language use/preferences in the classroom.
Keywords: multilingualism, monolingual mindset, teacher implicit biases, language ideologies
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