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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss? The Case of Mature Students in Higher Education and Their Plurilingual Repertoires

Research Centre on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Educ. Sci. 2019, 9(4), 271; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci9040271
Received: 6 October 2019 / Revised: 29 October 2019 / Accepted: 6 November 2019 / Published: 11 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges in Language Education in the 21 Century)
This study diagnoses how the plurilingual repertoires of mature students (MS) in higher education (HE) are constructed throughout their lives. It addresses the main characteristics of MS; the contexts in which they move throughout their lives, and the situations they contact with languages. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire, mostly comprising open-ended questions. The questionnaire was emailed to 485 MS and was filled in by 195 (40.2%). The results highlight the intrinsic relationship between the MS’ life histories and the construction of their plurilingual repertoires. The findings reinforce the relevance of considering the MS’ plurilingual repertoires and life histories in the development of educational linguistic policies in HE. View Full-Text
Keywords: plurilingual repertoires; mature students; higher education; language biographies plurilingual repertoires; mature students; higher education; language biographies
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Ambrósio, S.; Araújo e Sá, M.H.; Simões, A.R. A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss? The Case of Mature Students in Higher Education and Their Plurilingual Repertoires. Educ. Sci. 2019, 9, 271.

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