University of Copenhagen


Mother tongue education for linguistic minority pupils in the super-diverse metropolis of Copenhagen

Funding: Danish Council for Independent Research │ Sapere Aude
Grant period: -2016
Main applicant: Martha Sif Karrebæk

In the research group Mother tongue education for linguistic minority pupils in the super-diverse metropolis of Copenhagen (SuperMOTE) we will provide new insight into language and literacy practices among minority pupils in relation to mother tongue education.

We study the use and understanding of language among children, parents and teachers with a starting-point in mother tongue classrooms but also during their normal school-day and outside classrooms and school. We examine the status and significance of mother tongue education for the participants (i.e. children, teachers and parents) as well as the impact of mother tongue education on the participants’ development of identity and linguistic repertoires.

Methodologically, we take our point of departure in Educational Linguistics, Linguistic Ethnography and Language Socialization.

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