Funding: Ministère de l’Education Nationale (from September 2013 to August 2015) and University of Luxembourg (from May 2014 to December 2016).
In Luxembourg, amongst the programmes to further the development of multiple languages, there are none that are either specific or systematic or both. Our project, undertaken in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, addresses the need for the development of innovative didactic methods in order to manage the diversity and heterogeneity in Luxembourgish schools. The iPad App iTEO is a learning and teaching tool that records and edits language. It facilitates children’s collaborative, exploratory and open-ended language learning and allows them to draw on their diverse language repertoires. The focus of the project is the development of oral skills but, given the inherent link between oracy and literacy, the study will also contribute to the development of literacy.
We will investigate how 4 teachers and 8 children use the iTEO to further the learning of languages in preschool and in Years 1 and 2, and how the language practices and the children’s oral performances change over time. The focus lies on non-native Luxembourgish-speaking children but given the collaborative nature of storying on iTEO, Luxembourgish-natives will be investigated as well.
This qualitative longitudinal study with data collected over two years uses several research methods: video recording of children’s storying, observations of classroom activities involving iTEO, interviews with all participants and the collection of documents. The data analysis will draw on grounded theory and Actor-Network-Theory. The former will offer insights into the learning processes and teaching practices and the latter will help analyse the roles and functions of the tool.
Findings of this educational research should, firstly, deepen our understanding of the ways in which children aged 4 to 7 use and develop Luxembourgish, German and French when languaging on iTEO, second, help develop sound pedagogical practices for furthering the learning of multiple languages and, third, further understanding of the usefulness of applying Actor-Network-Theory in this context.
Please contact Claudine Kirsch for further information.