International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Language Workshops in the Development of Language Awareness
Ana Raquel Simões, Maria Helena Araújo e Sá

Abstract
Aware of the growing importance of language education, there was created in 1999 an Open Laboratory for Foreign Languages Learning (http://www.ua.pt/cidtff/lale), at the University of Aveiro, with a functional research and intervention structure, focusing on an approach over plurilingualism and intercultural education. In this paper we will focus on the language workshops developed by the lab, and we will present the results related to the analysis of 487 questionnaires completed by students and 87 questionnaires completed by teachers who participated in the referred workshops. The main findings are that students say they have developed their knowledge of and about languages, they have became more aware of languages and cultures around them and they are more willing to establish contact with diversity in the future. The teachers referred mainly the importance of such activities in the promotion of opportunities for the students to contact with languages and increasing their linguistic awareness.

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