"Es waren die Stengel urr aufgewachsen": Language/s in Education - Going Back and Moving Forward.

Eva Vetter, Duygu Durmus

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The present contribution positions language/s
in education in a
Rights perspective. It is argued that language is an influential factor in achieving educational equity.
Educational equity is linked to the pedagogical principle that all teaching shall start with the learn
ers’ capacities. In super-diverse classrooms the linguistic capacities may vary significantly, whereas
the competencies to be reached remain equal for all . In the background of Human Rights this calls
for a strictly learner-centred approach that oscillates between what learners already know and the
requirements. What this means for language/s
in and for education is discussed in the
light of scaffolding and translanguaging. Both approaches were developed specifically for institu
tional learning in the context of super-diversity
. It is argued that they both only partially meet the
challenge and may complement each other
. This is illustrated with examples from action research
in a
sequence of biology lessons in a Viennese middle school .
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)9-27
Number of pages19
JournalOrbis Scholae
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 602007 Applied linguistics
  • 503011 Subject didactics of humanities
  • 509001 Action research


  • Academic language
  • Biology lesson
  • Inequity in education
  • Scaffolding
  • Translanguaging

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