Migrants in European schools: learning and maintaining languages

Supporting newly arrived migrant children to master the language of schooling alongside maintaining and further developing their personal linguistic repertoire is key for their successful reception and integration, as well as successful teaching.

Newly arrived pupils often have complicated, multi-country trajectories behind them and have accumulated varied levels of proficiency in multiple languages. At the same time, however, acquiring the language of schooling is not only key for education, but also for the labour market and wider society. This presents a conundrum as to how best to recognise social and linguistic difference as an asset within Europe’s schools, while helping migrant children to thrive and become active citizens by learning the language of schooling.

  • Published by: European Commission
  • Year: 2018
  • Languages available: English
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