Pluricentrity, Multilingualism and Heterogeneity of the Learners’ Groups


  • Ekaterina Protassova University of Helsinki


language learning in higher education, heterogeneous classroom, heritage language speaker, Russian as a pluricentric language, Russian language learners


Multilingualism, superdiversity, and the abundance of language contacts place new demands on language teachers, who must consider each student’s linguistic biography, family language policies, and cultural practices in order to keep up with their growth in a specific school vs. university subject. Many more languages are becoming pluricentric as they continue to be used in migrating populations. So, they decline or flourish in diaspora and introduce heritage language learners as people with special needs into regular classrooms. Using Russian as an example, the paper suggests methods for organizing language instruction of varied speakers and learners in a heterogeneous integrated university classroom.



How to Cite

Protassova, E. (2021). Pluricentrity, Multilingualism and Heterogeneity of the Learners’ Groups. International Journal of Multilingual Education, (17), 25–46. Retrieved from