Understanding inequity in English language education: Why is there a gap in performance in the two types of Lower Secondary Schooling in Austria?
Our new colleague, Elizabeth Erling, Interim Professor of English Linguistics and Language Teaching, has recently had some of her research with former University of Graz colleagues -- Anouschka Foltz and Melanie Wiener – published. You can read the newly published article in the International Journal of Multilingualism here
Erling’s research explores why in Austria bilingual children with home languages other than German tend to have poorer English outcomes than monolingual children, especially those who attend middle schools. This work asks the question: why is bilingualism not a benefit for learning English as a foreign language in the Austrian school system?
What do you think, would we find similar outcomes if the research were conducted in Germany?