Multilingual Spaces? Language Practices in English Classrooms

Project: Research

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Specific Languages
  • Didactics
  • Learning


  • translanguaging, multilingualism, multilingual education, vocabulary learning, English


This project focuses on language practices in multilingual English classroom spaces in Swedish secondary schools. While English is the normal medium of instruction in lessons, research in bilingual educational settings shows that judicious
translanguaging between pupils’ mother tongues (L1s) and the target language (L2) facilitates communication and enhances L2 learning and motivation. Psycholinguistic research points in the same direction: L1 activation during L2 processing is unstoppable in low-proficiency L2 learners. Drawing on this prior research, on the translanguaging
framework and the theory of language mode, the project examines a) whether and for what purposes teachers and pupils use their complete language repertoires in English lessons; b) whether other semiotic means are used to include L1s represented in the classroom of which the teacher has no knowledge; c) what mechanisms may underpin the language practices observed; and d) whether support in all the L1s represented facilitates pupils’ learning of L2 vocabulary and affects pupils’ participation in classroom interaction. Using a large survey to map self-reported teacher practices,
ethnographic methodology and conversation analysis to study language practices in English classrooms, and experimental intervention and quantitative methods to measure L2 vocabulary learning over time, the project aims to contribute to the development of evidence-based language practices in English teaching in multilingual schools.
Short titleMultilingual Spaces
Effective start/end date2017/01/012020/12/31

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Related research output

Sundqvist, P., Henrik Gyllstad, Marie Källkvist & Sandlund, E. 2018 Apr 13

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper, not in proceeding

Sundqvist, P., Henrik Gyllstad, Marie Källkvist & Sandlund, E. 2018 Feb 2

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper, not in proceeding

Marie Källkvist, Henrik Gyllstad, Sandlund, E. & Sundqvist, P. 2017 In : LMS - Lingua. 2017, 4, p. 27-31

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Related activities

Marie Källkvist (Invited speaker)
2018 Feb 20

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Marie Källkvist (Invited speaker)
2017 Nov 22

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Marie Källkvist (Invited speaker)
2017 Oct 25

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