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Open Access Talige diversiteit en Nederlands in de lerarenopleidingen op Curaçao en Bonaire

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First-year students at the teacher training institutes for primary education and for secondary education in the subject of Dutch at the University of Curaçao generally speaking show low scores on Dutch language proficiency tests and poor study results. Bak-Piard et al. (2016) found that these poor results are related. In this contribution we will go into the language background of these first-year students and show that it is characterized by a large amount of diversity. This not only relates to the students’ first learned languages, but also to their earlier and actual home languages, their earlier and actual languages of instruction and the foreign languages they learned in the course of their educational career. This linguistic diversity, which is by no means an exception in the Caribbean, leads to a multitude of language practices that can be characterized as ‘polylingual languaging’, i.e. making meaning by using all the linguistic resources that these students possess in their rich linguistic repertoires. It goes without saying that such language practices can be easily at odds with schools’ linguistic normativity. The data that we present here give a clear insight in local linguistic diversity patterns and practices and provide a number of interesting building blocks for the development of an educational program for Dutch in the teacher training curriculum that fits the linguistic reality of the students and can contribute to improving their study results in the teacher training programs and making them better teachers in contexts of linguistic diversity in their future careers.
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Keywords: Dutch didactics; educational success; linguistic diversity; polylanguaging; superdiversity; teacher training

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2018

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  • Internationale Neerlandistiek is het wetenschappelijke tijdschrift van de Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek. Het Nederlandstalige tijdschrift bevordert de dialoog tussen alle wetenschappers die werkzaam zijn op het gebied van de internationale neerlandistiek. Internationale Neerlandistiek richt zich op de Nederlandse (en Zuid-Afrikaanse) taal- en letterkunde in ruime zin, en heeft daarnaast aandacht voor interculturele aspecten van deze subdisciplines, communicatiewetenschap, didactiek en nieuwe technologie in de vakbeoefening, het verloop van canoniseringsprocessen, vertalen, culturele studies en voor de cultuur van de Lage Landen. Het tijdschrift heeft qua vraagstelling, methode en object een internationaal vergelijkende, en qua auteurs, lezers en verspreiding een internationale dimensie.

    Internationale Neerlandistiek is the scholarly journal of the International Association for Neerlandistiek. Internationale Neerlandistiek is a Dutch language, peer-reviewed journal with an international focus. The journal aims to improve the discussion in international Dutch (including South-African) linguistics and literature, in the broadest sense, including intercultural aspects of subdisciplines, communication studies, translation, cultural studies and the culture of the Low Countries in general.

    The journal is published in Open Access, with the following Creative Commons copyright license: Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

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