3 - Language policy at school level
This means that a school takes into account certain realities, such as
1) the school as a multilingual environment;
2) the student (NAM) who contains multilingual repertoires (or multilingual resources);
3) the fact that students are already ‘translanguaging’;
4) the clear opinions that exist on how processes of language acquisition work.
We advocate a policy that takes these ingredients into account, that has a clear view on how the language instruction can be acquired thanks to a functional multilingual learning policy. Multilingualism is an umbrella term, covering – among many other concepts - multilingual awareness, meta-linguistic awareness, multilingual education. Also: language is a (symbolic) marker for identity; but we do not develop further on these aspects. Translanguaging has a positive impact on cognitive flexibility.