Master programme "Learning and development in multilingual and multicultural contexts"(2007-2011)

Master programme "Learning and development in multilingual and multicultural contexts" (2007-2011)  has followed a challenging concept of teaching-for-learning within higher education based on the theoretical framework of Activity Theory, the socio-cultural and socio-historical paradigm of learning and development as well as the socio-cognitive study of learning and teaching in interaction. In this way, it provided excellent grounds for extending existing theoretical frameworks, professional skills and mediational tools for the study of multilingual and multicultural contexts on behalf of the MA candidate's individual profile and development throughout the innovative MA course.
The MA programme has taken a learners-as-researchers approach combining case studies with a transdisciplinary exploration of the following four domains of interest:

  • the dialectics of individual and collective development within evolving contexts of cultural human activity (ADI);
  • the learning of language(s) and literacies in plurilingual contexts (LLL);
  • the dynamics of media and digital technology on learning and development across educational, professional and everyday settings (MID);
  • the interplay of identity, discourse and the politics of language, education and society (DIP).

From the very first day becoming part of the MA programme, the programme engaged MA students in a learning experience specific based on student's unique profile. For this to happen one of the core approaches of the MA programme is case-based mentoring. Starting with student's application, MA programme invited students to suggest and outline cases related to "Learning and development in multilingual and multicultural contexts".  Case-work has helped on going on throughout the programme be it in blended-learning seminars, exploratory studies, collaborative research projects, the internship or the final Master thesis.
The case-based approach ensured in-built flexibility, thus allowing students to evolve according to individual pathway of learning. The main goal of case-work was to help students grow in confidence and competence in analysing complex and challenging real-life situations as a researcher as well as an informed practitioner, and to come up with new approaches in academic or professional domain of knowledge construction and management. Furthermore, MA programme explored together how to deploy synergies by grouping different cases and by bringing the perspectives of the participants, course organisers and mentors together. On this basis MA programme was conceiving and conducting innovative research projects in the following areas, propelled by advanced qualitative methodologies:
New ways of reasoning and modeling when dealing with the dynamics of multilingualism and multiculturalism;

  • The possibilities of fostering diversity-bound resources for learning and development in general and across the lifespan;
  • The (individual, collective, societal) construction and negotiation of identity through and within discourse and interaction;
  • The importance, nature and dynamic impact of semiotic systems, cultural artefacts and social mediations.

Projects within Master thesis research (available for consultation, UL publication index)
  • Firoozi, Maryam (09/2011): Exploring brain drain factors among Iranian students: A case study. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): Ch. Max)
  • Eaton, Lucas (07/2011): Creating a “Lushootseed”-rich environment: A critical ethnographic approach to language policy at Tulalip. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): J.-J. Weber)
  • Dupire, Cécile (07/2011): La construction d’identité en primaire (école bilingue, USA): Analyse de pratiques interactionnelles. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Nadialine, Alexandre Biagui (07/2011): Analyse de la morphologie verbale de productions écrites d’apprenants du français L3. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Strorup, Mikkel (03/2011): The co-construction of Expert Identity in a Satellite Services company presentation. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Vernyuy, Andrew (03/2011): Cognitive and emotional components of test anxiety: a critical look on the measuring instrument. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler; C. Max)
  • Song, Ju youn (09/2010): Co-constructing a team at the workplace as an interactional achievement. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Ewerling, Nadine (09/2010): Les méthodes didactiques et la participation des élèves. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): J.-J. Weber)
  • Karpenko, Tetyana (09/2010): Breaking away: Achieving a new qualitative stage in a business presentation. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler; C. Max)
  • Mendoza, Ruben (09/2010): Immigrants in the gap. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): Daniel Troehler)
  • Kracheel, Martin (07/2010): Co-constructing participant identities in video gaming activities. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): C. Max; G. Ziegler)
  • Albanese, Claudia (07/2010): Notes on the Influence of Response Cries and Yes/No token on Language Alternation – Italian Youngsters’ Interactions in Digital Gaming Settings. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Weber, Nadja (07/2010): Identity construction in mentoring interaction. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Wirtz, Delia (07/2010): La construction du cadre de participation par un apprenant en luxembourgeois. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Seck, Malick (03/2010): Rôle et effets de la banque mondiale dans le processus de l'institutionnalisation de l'éducation au Sénégal. (Advisor(s): D. Troehler)
  • Salmi, Hamid (09/2009): Analysing the English language needs of business users at work. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Ouafo, Adrienne Lambo (09/2009): Motives of individuals to learn Luxembourgish as a foreign language in Luxembourg: a critical analysis of official and social discourses. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): C. Max, G. Ziegler)
  • Shirnin, Denis (09/2009): The dynamic process of children's private speech during individual task achievement. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler, C. Max)
  • Salvador Matar Renteria, Zihomara (09/2009): Communication strategies as elements to develop linguistic practices. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Durus, Natalia (07/2009): The organising of activities in Learner Inhabited Interaction - Discourse marking practices. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): G. Ziegler)
  • Ludwig, Marnie (07/2009): "Or, or am I the cat?" - Patterns of development of interactional competencies when tools come into play. Academic MA thesis, University of Luxembourg (Advisor(s): C. Max, G. Ziegler).
Cooperational Master thesis research
  • Moser, Sandra (06/2010): Multilingual study programmes: visions and realities. Academic MA thesis, Universität Innsbruck (Advisors: W. Poeckl, G. Ziegler)
  • Chassine, Isabelle (09/2009): Les pratiques d'intégration dans le contexte scolaire plurilingue luxembourgeois. Academic MA thesis, Université de Fribourg (CH) (Advisor(s): A. Gohard-Radenkovic, G. Ziegler)