In the schoolyear 2017-2018 Holi-Frysk 1.0 was conducted, a pilot study which preceded the current project. This project was based at the Mercator European Knowledge Center for Multilingualism and Language Learning (part of the Fryske Akademy). This project investigated a holistic approach to multilingualism on three secondary schools. Three types of schools participated:
- A trilingual school (Dutch, English and Frisian as language of instruction)
- A school in the city with mainly Dutch-speaking pupils
- A school with recently immigrated pupils (international transition class)
In collaboration with these schools, we developed and implemented activities for multilingual education. Subsequently, these activities were evaluated, improved and completed to be part of an online toolbox which can be used by all schools.
De developed activities were promising for the improvement of the position of Frisian in secondary education. The materials were intended to:
- Improve the status of Frisian, and by this, providing a natural place for the language (Frisian on social media, linguistic landscape, new speakers)
- Make the pupils aware of the role of Frisian in a broader context of multilingualism and minority languages (dialects, knowledge on language families, language videos on etymology of Frisian words)
- Combine learning of Frisian with learning of Dutch and modern foreign languages such as German, French and English (metalinguistic activities with affixes, sharing grammars)
- Promote the use of Frisian (and other languages) in content subject, too (geography, economy, mathematics)
Holi-Frysk 1.0 resulted in the following developments:
- Content-wise: the first activities for Frisian in language classes and content classes, inquiry-based learning as a principle to involve pupils more in their own learning process.
- Methodologically: a method for working with teachers, also based on questions on multilingualism, top-down and in co-construction: cooperation between teachers and researchers, but also between teachers in one school, and between schools.
- Organizational: school visits, study days for participating schools, presentations at workshops and conferences and a website with the theoretical framework on which the project is based, the developed activities.
01/09/2017 - 31/08/2018
Province of Friesland
Mercator European Research Centre
Cor van der Meer (projectmanager), Joana Duarte (projectleader), Mirjam Günther-van der Meij (researcher), Laura Nap (trainee) and Annika Klein (trainee)
In collaboration with
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (Leeuwarden)
CSG Liudger (Burgum)
Piter Jelles Leeuwarder Lyceum (Leeuwarden)
Piter Jelles ISK (Sint-Annaparochie)