A photo safari to explore multilingualism in the neighbourhood
This unit makes pupils aware of their linguistic surroundings and helps them reflect linguistic power relations. Pupils join in a “photo safari” where they go on a walk in their neighbourhood and take pictures of visual representations of language: signs, stickers, advertisements, graffiti, hand-written notes, tag, and so on. Which different languages and dialects are represented in the public sphere? In what way is multilingualism visualised? How does this linguistic landscape reflect power relations? After a discussion of these questions, the final parts empowers pupils in their linguistic landscape, as “language rebels”: they design messages for the neighbourhood (multilingual, monolingual, youth vernacular, etc.) that they post in the school’s surroundings, for example, on park benches, or in the school itself.