What is it about?

The book review offers a global perspective on how linguistic landscapes, which refer to the use of language in the environment such as the words and images displayed in public spaces, can support a more critical and agentive multilingual teaching and learning as well as teacher education in diverse settings around the world, both inside and beyond the classroom.

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Why is it important?

This book review highlights the potential of linguistic landscapes as a valuable pedagogical tool for plurilingual education. It seeks to inspire researchers, teacher trainers, teachers, and students to investigate and engage with the linguistic landscapes that surround them and shape their everyday experiences. Furthermore, it advocates for the implementation and more extensive research of linguistic landscapes on a broader level.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it encourages contemplation on our daily lives and presents a hopeful vision of how language on display in public spaces can shape our streets, neighborhoods, cities, and also our education.

Yanru Xin
University of Edinburgh

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This page is a summary of: Review of Melo-Pfeifer (2023): Linguistic Landscapes in Language and Teacher Education. Multilingual Teaching and Learning Inside and Beyond the Classroom, Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education, March 2024, John Benjamins,
DOI: 10.1075/jicb.23033.xin.
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