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 Elin Arfon

Elin Arfon

Research student

Welsh speaking

Ymddiheuriadau, nid yw’r ddolen Gymraeg yn gweithio ar hyn o bryd.

I am currently a PhD student looking at the recognition of plurilingual competence in the secondary school curriculum in Wales. My PhD is part of a 1 + 3 studentship funded by the Welsh Government and the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. As part of this, in 2019 I completed an MSc in Social Science Research Methods with Distinction at Cardiff University. I have also received financial support from the British Council to carry out international fieldwork for my PhD. I am based in the School of Modern Languages and the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University.

I completed a BA in Welsh and French with first class honours at Cardiff University in 2018. During my BA degree I completed a year abroad as a British Council English Language Assistant in a secondary school in Québec, Canada. I speak Welsh, English and French fluently. I have also attended beginners courses in Spanish and Irish.

ESRC Wales DTP profile: http://walesdtp.ac.uk/profile/arfon-elin/ 

Research interests

Ymddiheuriadau, nid yw’r ddolen Gymraeg yn gweithio ar hyn o bryd.

PhD project

How do we recognise the plurilingual competence of secondary school students in Wales?

The purpose of my PhD is to explore how secondary school students’ plurilingual competence can be recognised and integrated across the secondary school curriculum in Wales. This research will work with students, school practitioners and language education stakeholders to think of potential avenues for recognising and integrating students’ plurilingual competence across the secondary school curriculum in Wales. This research will support the implementation strategy of the Area of Learning and Experience: Languages, Literacy and Communication cluster group leading on the teaching of Welsh, English and international languages in the new curriculum in Wales, which is due to be rolled out in 2022.

Research interests

  • Bilingual / Multilingual / Plurilingual education
  • Home and community languages
  • Education in Wales
  • Language assessment and testing
  • Language qualifications
  • Minority languages
  • Multilingual identities
  • Second language acquisition
  • Welsh language

Publications

Awarded funding

  • Awarded funding to organise a conference with two doctoral colleagues at Cardiff University in 2019 by Creative Multilingualism (Creative Multilingualism is a multidisciplinary project funded by the AHRC under its Open World Research Initiative). Conferece title: Multilingualism and multi-identities in Wales: a creative approach to research and practice. Cardiff; Cardiff University, 6 November, 2019.
    • Conference organiser along with Eira Jepson and Kaisa Pankakoski.

 Papers

  • Arfon, E. 2019. Understanding plurilingual students’ linguistic identity and language learning: a case study of a school in South Wales. PGR Modern Languages Research Group Southampton University. Southampton; Southampton University, 03 December, 2019.
  • Arfon, E. 2019. Understanding plurilingual students’ home and community language learning in school in Wales. UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment: Language Testing Forum 2019. Swansea; Swansea University, 22-24 November, 2019.
  • Arfon, E. 2018. Multilingual literacy in the bilingual classroom in schools in Wales. ESRC Wales DTP Language-Based Area Studies in an Age of Uncertainty, Cardiff University. Cardiff; Cardiff University, 17 December, 2019.

 Posters

  • Arfon, E. 2019. Understanding plurilingual students’ linguistic identity at home and in school: a case study of a school in South Wales. Multilingualism and multi-identities in Wales: a creative approach to research and practice. Cardiff; Cardiff University, 06 November, 2019.
  • Arfon, E. 2018Evaluating the effects of multilingual literacy learning in the bilingual context in Wales: a case study of practice. Welsh Government and the British Educational Research Association: the future of educational research in Wales. Cardiff, 14 November, 2018. Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/WG-Conferene-poster-submission-Elin-Arfon.pdf?noredirect=1 

Teaching

  • Swansea University – French Tutor for UG Year 2 through the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol 2019/2020.
  • Cardiff University - Welsh for All tutor (2017 – 2019).
Claire Gorrara

Professor Claire Gorrara

Professor of French Studies

Laura McAllister

Professor Laura McAllister

Professor of Public Policy

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