20 SES 11 A, Young Learners’ Language Acquisition in Multicultural Contexts
The rights and the status of the Swedish-speaking minority have always been contentious issues in Finland and during the last years the language climate has become more strained. It seems as the multicultural European belonging has diminished the understanding of the Nordic dimension in our culture and its importance for a creation of a European identity. For instance media debates have often demonstrated lack of understanding about the linguistic and intellectual needs of pupils in Swedish-speaking schools. Nevertheless the popularity of the monolingual Swedish-speaking schools has increased and many children from bilingual, monolingual Finnish speaking homes and from immigrant homes are attending Swedish-speaking schools.
In order to form an understanding of the future of the Swedish language in Finland and its social position it is important to analyze how pupils attending Swedish-speaking schools in different parts of the country look at the Swedish language and at their own linguistic and cultural belonging- both today and in the future.
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