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Now it s "on demand": The catalan language in an elite international school

Sunyol, A; (2021) Now it s "on demand": The catalan language in an elite international school. Revista de Llengua i Dret (75) pp. 126-143. 10.2436/rld.i75.2021.3591. Green open access

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Abstract

In Catalonia, the number of international schools has increased continuously since 2008. Internationalization can be undertaken in very different ways in each centre, but internationalization often involves intensifying the presence of English, and including curricula such as those offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). As such these schools are often imagined as centres that "do everything in English". This article adopts a critical ethnographic perspective to nuance this idea, starting from the study of the practices and discourses on multilingualism and the Catalan language circulating in the educational community of the Forum International School, a school founded in the late 80s and which has recently become internationalised. This study explores how the Catalan language is constructed in these environments, which have not been greatly studied so far, what linguistic ideologies inform the value of Catalan, and how the desire to take advantage of various languages reflects broader political, economic, and social processes.

Type: Article
Title: Now it s "on demand": The catalan language in an elite international school
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2436/rld.i75.2021.3591
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2436/rld.i75.2021.3591
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author 2021. Original content in this paper is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Catalan language; international education; sociolinguistic ethnography; linguistic ideologies
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10166034
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