Multilingualism and curriculum: A study of how multilingual learners in rural Kenya use their languages to express emotions
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OriginalversjonInternational Journal of Educational Development. 2021, 81, Artikkel 102328. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2020.102328
This study is part of a larger project related to multilingualism and education in rural Kenya. We examine how Grade 8 learners use their three languages (Nandi, Swahili, and English) when they discuss experiences elicited by two short video clips representing happiness and sadness as basic emotions. Previous research indicates that use of the mother tongue is preferred for expressing feelings; however, we find that learners neither prefer their indigenous language nor convey the most fluent emotional stories in this language. We problematise this finding, and further discuss the connection between school languages and intention within the national curriculum.