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Éducation plurilingue et pratiques langagières

Hommage à Christine Hélot

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Edited By Jürgen Erfurt, Anna Weirich and Eloise Caporal-Ebersold

Le volume se compose de quatre parties: approches théoriques et méthodologiques; pluralité linguistique et pratiques langagières; enjeux glottopolitiques de l’éducation bi-/plurilingue; approches didactiques du bi-/plurilinguisme.

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Interest convergence and divergence in Luxembourgish language-in-education policy (Kristine Horner / Jean-Jacques Weber)

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Kristine Horner et Jean-Jacques Weber

Interest convergence and divergence in Luxembourgish language-in-education policy

Abstract: Critical race theorists distinguish between convergence and divergence of the interests of the dominant group in society and those of oppressed minority groups, arguing that advances in social justice are mostly achieved, not through rational debate, but at moments of interest convergence. We apply these ideas to the sociolinguistic situation of Luxembourg, a small state located at the Romano-Germanic border in Western Europe, and particularly to its education system. A selection of political and media discourses are discussed in order to show how French has been constructed as a threat for the Luxembourgish language and nation, leading to its eradication from pre-school in the late 1990s, and why this restrictive policy concerning the teaching of French is in the process of being reversed at the present time. We argue that this policy shift enacts an (almost serendipitous) moment of interest convergence that could potentially lead to greater educational equity.

Résumé: La Critical Race Theory fait une distinction entre convergence et divergence des intérêts du groupe dominant dans la société et des groupes minorisés. Ce n’est qu’à des moments de convergence d’intérêts que des progrès sont faits dans le domaine de la justice raciale. Dans ce chapitre, nous appliquons ces concepts à la situation sociolinguistique du Luxembourg et principalement à son système scolaire. Nous analysons un large éventail de discours produits...

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