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PLURI-LA - Plurilingualism-Language Autobiographies Project

An individual relationship with languages (mother tongue/s, dialects, varieties of the same language or foreign languages), whether acquired in an informal setting or through formal or informal instruction, is often problematic for many adults. Therefore, the activity of guided reflection on their own language learning is important. The Language Autobiography is the result of reconstruction (written, oral, in groups or individually) of the most significant aspects of the relationship with these languages for each individual, allowing one to situate one's personal history within collective community histories. LAs provide also an inter-generational perspective, allowing us to see how language and culture are passed on (or not) and how chidren reconfigure their heritage language and culture in new contexts. It also allows professional language teachers to reflect on their journey of developing strategies and thinking about how these can inform their current professional contexts.

The Partners intend to share practices and to produce common tools that can facilitate:
- increased knowledge and awareness of the linguistic diversity in each context,
- the development of LAs from different categories of adult subjects,
- the documentation of the process of constructing one's LA,
- joint analysis of the finished products.

For learners, the project aims to improve key skills "learning to learn", communicating in L1 (written/oral) and / or L2, development of social and inter/cultural skills, awareness/acceptation of their own plurilingualism/pluriculturalism.
The PLURI-LA website will collect the texts produced (LAs in different multimedia languages), teaching materials and evidence of linguistic diversity in EU and will be online after the end of the project.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.