2016 | 7 | 223 | 182-193
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Perspectives and challenges for Polish educators and their pupils from Vietnamese families in Poland

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The aim of the paper is to reflect upon the results of the educational project among children from Vietnamese families living in Poland, Kraków. By doing so, I intend to propose a framework for further activities that could support children’s development in linguistic and cultural sense meanwhile respecting their rights as ethnic minorities and representatives of Vietnamese families successfully accommodated in Poland. Also, I aim to contribute to the debates on what it means to be growing up as an ethnic minority in the 21st the amount of material and specificity of Polish as a Slavonic language in the case of pupils with Vietnamese background make the education a particularly ambitious task which results are constantly challenged by the school realms and the overall progress of the child. Two case studies reflected upon in this presentation are analyzed from the perspective of ethnographic participant observation. Children and tutors immersing in the context of learning and teaching generate multiple creative ideas, which help in mutual understanding and knowledge transmission. Hence, the identities are constructed on the basis of and connected with culture, customs and traditions of Poland. It supports child’s self-understanding in the Polish context, meanwhile it allows for recognizing own identity enriched by the cross-cultural exchange and bilingual experience. century Poland. Education among ethnic minorities is a challenging task, which means constant negotiation between the knowledge to be thought as part of a school program and own experience, skills and knowledge coming from the children’s background. To meet formal expectations established by Polish school, tutors need to constantly revise teaching methods and search for new activities. Close cooperation with school and the head teacher is necessary, however
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