Embracing and rejecting multilingualism: A linguistic ethnographic study of policy negotiation in an urban secondary school with a multilingual project.

METTEWIE, L. (Jury Member)

Activity: Examination typesExternal Thesis


This dissertation investigates language policy in a Dutch-medium secondary school in Brussels. The school in question endeavours to implement a language policy in which languages other than Dutch are formally included, which is in stark contrast to their peers, which often implement a strict, Dutch-only policy in order to respond to the increasing linguistic diversity and “Frenchification” in Brussels Dutch-medium education. This thesis addresses the question of how the teachers negotiated such a pro-multilingual language policy in the classroom in this setting.
Period12 Oct 202019 Nov 2020
ExamineeSue Goossens
Examination held atLaboratory of Experimental Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Multilingualism
  • Education
  • Language policies
  • Brussels
  • Teachers