Student research paper on MElang-E

Carina Kaufmann, a teacher training student at Goethe University Frankfurt, has done her final thesis on MElang-E. Check out her findings:

Since multilingualism has become a significant topic not only within didactic discussions, but also within European language policy, it has, thus, also become a question of how to implement it in the
foreign language classroom. Despite the general acceptance of the aims of foreign language teaching, there is still a lack of concrete methods and teaching material in order to implement these aims. Especially teachers have difficulties in dealing with the multilingual approach. With the introduction of the Erasmus+ project Melang-E (Multilingual Exploration of Languages in Europe,
melang-e.eu), my student research paper tries to act on the existing concerns and uncertainties in dealing with multilingualism. In doing so, my paper presents Melang-E as a possible method to implement the multilingual approach within language lessons. Furthermore, it tries to answer the question whether Melang-E is motivating and suitable for its target group and the usage at school.

In order to find out whether Melang-E is appropriate and motivating for its target group, a survey with seventh graders was conducted that especially focused on the multilingual aspects of Melang-E. Multilingual learners and their attitudes and needs, which have been disregarded so far, were also considered. The results show that Melang-E and its contents are suitable for the target group and mostly accepted by the students. With regards to a possible difference in the acceptance of Melang-E for mono- and multilingual learners, no further statements can be made. Integrating multilingualism into foreign language lessons is a broad issue and requires further research. Altogether, Melang-E represents a possibility to integrate multilingualism into foreign language classrooms by simultaneously developing language skills and competences. It emphasizes Europe’s linguistic diversity and also takes multilingual learners into account.

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