Community language education in Greece and Cyprus: An afterword

Lytra, Vally and Karatsareas, Petros. 2023. Community language education in Greece and Cyprus: An afterword. In: Nikos Gogonas, ed. Heritage Language Education in Greece and Cyprus. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 190-214. ISBN 9781527535756 [Book Section]

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We give our perspectives on the common threads that run through the collection of chapters. We review the methods authors used in their research, touching upon the researchers’ positionalities and some ethical issues related to undertaking the types of community-based research presented in the volume. We move on to paint the broad policy picture that emerges from contributions, charting a map of community language education in Greece and Cyprus. Then, we position the studies within the context of current theoretical advancements in language, culture, and community conceptualizations concerning language education in the contexts of migration, diaspora, and linguistic minoritization. We include a section devoted to the dimension of the family and the role it plays in learning languages on both a formal level (in relation to the running and operation of community language education initiatives) and an informal level (from a family language policy perspective). Finally, we turn our gaze toward the future of community language education and research in Greece and Cyprus. Throughout this afterword, we are mindful that our views are shaped—at least in part—by our respective positionings as scholars who have studied and worked on/with/for/as educators of Greek in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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11 October 2023Published

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