Using Visual Methods To Study And Support The Moldavian Csángó Educational Program Cover Image

A moldvai csángómagyar oktatási program kutatása és támogatása vizuális módszerekkel
Using Visual Methods To Study And Support The Moldavian Csángó Educational Program

Author(s): Petteri Laihonen
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Foreign languages learning, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Scientia
Summary/Abstract: The study and support of the Moldavian Csángó Educational Program is a multi-year project including fieldwork carried out in 30 Moldavian sites between 2017 and 2019. During the fieldwork, several visual and digital methods are introduced, and the materials generated form a large multimodal database. In this article, I present some visual methods that have proved successful so far, with particular reference to answering the following research questions: In what situations and how do the participants in the Educational Program identify themselves? What is the language repertoire of the participants in the Educational Program and how does it evolve? How do the participants in the Educational Program relate to literacy? How do the participants in the Educational Program vision their linguistic future? What kind of language or language varieties are used in the Program? I mention the following preliminary results: The pupils in the Educational Program were dominantly Romanians, but most often Hungarian language was viewed as the language of identity. With regards to spoken language, the Program is characterized by language tolerance. However, due to the large distance between Hungarian varieties in Moldavia and the Hungarian standard, standard Hungarian orthography is hard to learn for the participants. The activation of oral language knowledge serves the maintenance of Hungarian varieties in Moldavia, while teaching Hungarian literacy serves further studies in Hungarian medium education available beyond Moldavia.

  • Page Range: 15-27
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Hungarian