Focus on Multilingualism as an Approach in Educational Contexts

  • Jasone CenozEmail author
  • Durk Gorter
Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 20)


“Focus on Multilingualism” is a holistic approach to the study of multilingualism in educational contexts. This approach can be characterized by focusing on the following three elements: the multilingual speaker, the whole linguistic repertoire and the context. Multilingual speakers use languages as a resource to communicate successfully and to develop their own identities through multilingual practices. In this chapter, “Focus on Multilingualism” is illustrated with examples from multilingual education in the Basque Country.


Language ideology Multilingual education Cross-linguistic interaction 



The authors acknowledge the funding by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness EDU2009–11601/EDU2012-32191 and the Basque Department of Education, Research and Universities (IT714-13, UFI 11/54).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Research Methods in EducationUniversity of the Basque CountryGipuzkoaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Theory and History of EducationUniversity of the Basque Country-IKERBASQUEGipuzkoaSpain

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