The Project

The project "Sprachland – Promoting Multilingualism through Linguistic Landscape" is rooted in research on linguistic-semiotic signs in public spaces (linguistic landscape).


Aims of the project

The project, funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, aims on the one hand to promote the home languages and individual multilingualism of the students, and on the other hand, to enable cooperation among the multi-professional team – consisting of teachers of heritage language (Heimatliche Sprache und Kultur – HSK), class teachers, lecturers and students. In addition, the project aims to exploit the potential of linguistic landscape as an educational tool and to introduce possibilities for its use in the classroom.

Student level

  • Promotion of students' home languages as well as their individual multilingualism through the conscious observation and analysis of visible linguistic signs in public spaces;
  • Promotion of multilingualism through the exploration of different linguistic signs;
  • Deep reflection on the linguistic and local identity (dialects and idioms);
  • Fostering outdoor learning through the exploration of social linguistic spaces, geographical spaces such as a neighbourhood, and the virtual space (website with photos of signs in public spaces and their interpretation);
  • Decoding images, text and "messages" in public spaces (promoting visual literacy);
  • Reflection on languages and linguistic diversity (language awareness);
  • Promotion of cross-curricular competencies such as self-regulated learning;
  • Exploration of the linguistic soundscape (deep listening, song compositions).

Institutional level

  • Promoting exchange and cooperation among different institutional stakeholders: teachers of heritage languages, class teachers, lecturers and students at the Schaffhausen University of Teacher Education, the so-called "multi-professional team";
  • Promoting the integration of teachers of heritage languages in regular classes;
  • Teaching the didactics of multilingualism (introduction to linguistic landscape as a pedagogical tool for promoting multilingualism);
  • Promoting social justice in a linguistically and culturally diverse society.

Societal level

  • Developing a public website containing photos and creative works by the participating classes, as well as resources for linguistic landscape as a pedagogical tool;
  • Appreciation of students' home languages;
  • Raising awareness of visible multilingualism in public spaces.