Sarah Muller

MA

School of Languages and Cultures

Postgraduate research student

Teaching Assistant for Luxembourgish

SLC Sarah Muller
smmuller1@sheffield.ac.uk

Full contact details

Sarah Muller
School of Languages and Cultures
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Qualifications

I completed my undergraduate degree in English Language & Linguistics and Sociology at the University of Glasgow (MA, 2015) and my Masters in English Language & Linguistics at the University in Sheffield (MA, 2016). My undergraduate dissertation explored the interface between language and national identity by analysing language ideological debates in Luxembourg, and my MA dissertation focused on the narratives of primary school teachers in Luxembourg on their reported implementations, or negotiations, of language-in-education policies.

Research interests

My research interests include multilingualism, sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, language attitudes, language ideologies, language policy, and the lived experience of the previously listed.

My PhD is a sociolinguistic investigation of the lived experience of multilingualism and language education policy among primary schools students in Luxembourg. I am interested young people’s understandings of their linguistic repertoires and language attitudes, as well as their personal experiences with language education policies. I started my PhD in 2016, and my thesis is supervised by Dr Kristine Horner, Dr Mark Payne, and Dr Jan Windebank.

In 2019, I composed a visual representation of my research for the Faculty-wide collaborative photography exhibition The Image Speaks

Teaching activities

I currently teach Luxembourgish conversation on the second and final year undergraduate modules:

- GER235/323: Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture

- GER324: Advanced Luxembourgish.

I have also taught on the undergraduate modules:

- MDL301 Social Approaches to Multilingualism

- GER234 Germanic Languages in Social Context

In 2019, I was shortlisted for the SU Academic Award for Best Postgraduate Research Student Who Teaches.

Professional activities

Conferences

‘Primary School Teachers as Negotiators of Language Education Policies’ Conference paper presented at the SOAS Symposium on the Politics of Language Policy at the Local Level at SOAS (2017)

‘Repertoire and Lived Experience of Language and Education Policies: Narratives of Primary School Students in Luxembourg’ Conference paper presented at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 22 at the University of Auckland (2018)

‘Lived Experience of Language Education Policy and Educational Processes in Luxembourg: Primary School Students’ Perspectives’ Conference paper presented at ECER at the University of Bozen/Bolzano (2018)

‘Language Education Policy in Luxembourg: Perspectives of Primary School Students’ Conference paper presented at LuxERA at the University of Sheffield (2018)

‘Linguistic Repertoire and Language Education Policy: Narratives of Lived Experience by Primary School Students in Luxembourg’ Conference paper presented at ISB at the University of Alberta (2019)

‘Repertoire, Identity and Policy: Perspectives of Primary School Students in Luxembourg’ Conference paper presented at Multilingualism and Identity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (MEITS) at the University of Cambridge (2019)

‘Luxembourgish Primary School Student’ Narratives on Lived Experience of Language and Language Policies’ Conference paper presented at LuxERA ERC at the University of Luxembourg (2019)

Professional Memberships

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

Publications

Muller, S.; Schmidt, C. and Weber, J.-J. (2019) 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