Sarah MullerSarah Muller

Postgraduate Research Student and Teaching Assistant for Luxembourgish
Qualifications: MA (University of Glasgow), MA (University of Sheffield)

Contact

Jessop West, University of Sheffield, 1 Upper Hanover St, Sheffield S3 7RA
Email: smmuller1@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

Before coming to Sheffield, I completed my undergraduate degree in English Language and Sociology at the University of Glasgow (MA, 2015). My dissertation focused on language ideological debates in Luxembourg, and explored the links between language and understandings of national identity. I completed my MA in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield (MA, 2016). My MA dissertation focused on Luxembourgish primary school teachers' narrations of how they implement, and potentially negotiate, language-in-education policies inside their classrooms. I started my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2016.

Professional Activities

I am an active member of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, as well as the Luxembourg Educational Research Association (LuxERA).

Research

My PhD thesis, supervised by Dr Kristine Horner, Dr Mark Payne, and Dr Jan Windebank, is a sociolinguistic study of experiences of language education policy by young people living in diverse settings. I conducted qualitative, ethnographic fieldwork with primary school students in Luxembourg and explore their understandings of their linguistic repertoires and lived experiences of language. I also analyse students’ experiences with the language regime and language education policies.
In 2019, I composed a visual representation of my research for the Faculty-wide collaborative photography exhibition The Image Speaks.

Teaching

GER235/323: Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
GER324: Advanced Luxembourgish
For more information on studying Luxembourgish at the University of Sheffield, visit the Centre for Luxembourg Studies homepage.

Publications

Muller, S., Clea, S., and Weber, J.-J., (in press) Perceived Legitimacy and Translanguaging: Exploring the Interconnectedness of Pedagogy and Policy. In: Horner, K, and Dailey-O’Cain, J. (eds) “Multilingualism, (Im)mobilities and Spaces of Belonging”. Bristol: Multilingual Matters