Why and how to integrate non-standard linguistic varieties into education: Cypriot Greek in Cyprus and the UK
- Greek Cypriot education remains largely oriented towards promoting standard language ideologies and only accepts Standard Greek as the language of teaching and learning.
- Cypriot Greek, the pupils’ home variety, is still seen as an obstacle to academic achievement by teachers and educational authorities.
- Cypriot Greek needs to be integrated into policies and practices of teaching and learning both in Cyprus and in the UK’s Greek Cypriot community.
- hone pupils’ awareness of different varieties;
- foster the development of their critical literacy;
- facilitate the acquisition of Standard Greek;
- counter negative perceptions, stereotypes and feelings of inferiority associated with the use of Cypriot Greek; and,
- aid in the maintenance and intergenerational transmission of Cypriot Greek as a heritage and community language in the UK
- Teachers and learning activities should promote and cultivate:
- awareness and respect of the different varieties spoken in class, Cypriot Greek and Standard Greek; and,
- awareness of vocabulary and grammar in the contexts of use of the two varieties and their social meanings.
- This approach will ultimately change the way we view language and literacy learning.