Se non è chiaro prendete l'abaco: wege zu einem bilingualen curriculum im schnittpunkt von multimodalität und tandem-lehren

Budach, Gabriele, Dreher, Ulrike and Patrizia, Spanù (2008) Se non è chiaro prendete l'abaco: wege zu einem bilingualen curriculum im schnittpunkt von multimodalität und tandem-lehren. In, Budach, Gabriele, Erfurt, Jurgen and Kunkel, Melanie (eds.) Écoles Plurilingues - Multilingual Schools: Konzepte, Institutionen und Akteure. Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Peter Lang, 291-316. (Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel 8).


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This chapter looks at bilingual math teaching in a German-Italian immersion programme in a
primary school in Frankfurt/Main. The focus is on an original tool – the abacus – which is
widely used in Italian schools, but is rather uncommon in parts of Germany. This text is
embedded in a view of learning as socio-cultural and multimodal practice and it examines the
abacus as a symbol of successful bilingual curriculum building that also helps to represent
complex numbers. Highlighting this example, the text describes the process of integrating
multilingual and pluricultural resources from different national curricular traditions. It also
discusses the kinds of dialogic exchange and negotiation that unfold within the collaborative
work of a team of bilingual teachers who are bound to the common endeavour of building a
bilingual curriculum. On the one hand, the chapter looks at the practice of teachers and their
role in bringing about curricular change and reforming teaching practice. On the other hand,
the text discusses the effects that using the abacus has stimulated for children’s individual

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 3631568762 (paperback)
9783631568767 (paperback)
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Keywords: multilingualism, migration, bilingual education, bilingual curriulum, multimodality
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 66555
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Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:52

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