Awakening to Languages

‘Awakening to Languages” (AtL) is an approach to language learning that derives from Hawkins’ work on the development of language awareness. With the new focus on multilingualism in the revised curriculum for Norwegian schools to come into force in 2020, ideas, materials, and tasks developed in connection with the AtL project seem very appropriate and useful for teachers wanting to find out and enact what it means to exploit “multilingualism as a resource.” My aim here is to share some of the practical ideas for language work in the English classroom.

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Interview about our book

The interview with me about our book Enacting Multilingualism for OsloMet’s website is now out there:

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Vocabulary Development: Students’ Blogs

This is the time of year when I get the opportunity to share our students’ experiences of vocabulary development in their own classrooms. These blog entries are course requirements. The students have been asked to give an account of how they have worked with vocabulary with their learners, how they have assessed their development and how they intend to facilitate the recycling of those particular target words or other types of lexical units. Yes, this is a course requirement, but I’m struck by the energy and the engagement they have all invested in the task. Have a good look yourself! Here are the entries of all nine of them:

Anya |  Stian Kirsten  | Anne Elisabeth |  Lars | Lisa | Bent Johan  | Inger-Lise

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Norwegian Refugee Council

The Norwegian Refugee Council has made an online course to equip humanitarians with concepts and tools for their work to better understand the contexts in which they operate. The course also takes up challenges humanitarians might encounter when they try to access people in need:



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Living together: Muslims in a changing world

This is a Canadian resource, shared with me by Roma Chumak-Horbatch in Toronto, the author of the book Linguistically Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Working with Young Immigrant Children (2012). The Living Together website is presented as a supplementary curriculum. Quoting from the opening page, it is “designed to engage students in critical and creative thinking, developing an appreciation of differing viewpoints and perspectives. Here you will find tasks that are age-appropriate and made for individual and group work. There is also a teacher’s guide:

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Neil Mercer on effective teacher talk

Read about Neil Mercer’s arguments about the need for teachers to strike a strategic balance between authoritative presentations on their part and giving students good opportunities to listen and participate in dialogue,  elaborate their ideas, question things, collaborate in effective groups, and report back to the whole class:

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Vocabulary Activities

Enjoy the reports English 2, 5-10 students wrote about their work with vocabulary development in their classrooms. Writing a blog entry was a course requirement in Module 1 of the course.

Christopher | Irene | Guro | Liv Irene | Vigdis | Hjørdis | Tonje

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