There are growing numbers of multilingual classrooms and schoolchildren in the European Union acquiring/learning more than one language. Linguistic diversity raises the issue of how schools can make best use of this potential, especially when the presence of immigrants and refugees’ children is a school reality. ‘Code-switching’ as a term refers to the alternative- permanent or temporary- use of two (or more languages) by the users on social, cognitive, linguistic, personal grounds. This practice entails highly potential opportunities for mixed classrooms. The creation of an attractive teaching-learning context is required.
The L-COCOON project promotes this asset of bilingualism, or/and multilingualism to the individual, schools and subsequently society at large, by:
a) enhancing teachers’ reflections towards code- switching cases, enriching their teaching practices and bi/multilingualism establishment,
b) empowering the students themselves in the process of language acquisition.
The main objectives are:
promotion of a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning through code-switching practices, and via the increasing linguistic diversity at schools,
design and development of bilingual teaching options,
use of innovative New Technologies tools and the integration of language dimension across the curriculum.
L-COCOON includes 7 partners, (the EUROPEAN LEARNING CENTRE- ELC, XENIOS POLIS, CSI-CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION, EUROSPEAK LANGUAGE SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITY OF SALAMANCA, RJ4ALL, RESET) from 4 countries (Cyprus, Greece, Spain, UK).
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