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Classroom Observations of Plurilingualism in Japan
C. Vollmer1, B. Thanyawatpokin2
1Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School; 2Himeiji Dokkyo University
Plurilingualism is an approach to managing and concurrently utilizing multiple linguistic competences in the language classroom. It has grown in popularity in Europe (Coste, Moore, & Zarate, 2009), and has been proposed for the Japanese context (Yoshida, 2013). This study explores ways that plurilingualism was applied in various courses across all three years of a high school immersion program. Classroom observations showed that the principles of plurilingualism can be beneficial in the Japanese context. This presentation will consider the strengths and weaknesses of plurilingualism as well as challenges to implementation, and strategies used to overcome these challenges.