KANRAXËL: Film on Rural Multilingualism in Senegal

Job adsKANRAXËL: The Confluence of Agnack makes rural multilingualism visible by focusing on a city in Senegal where speaking 6 languages is not uncommon. Places like Agnack defy common conceptualisations of multilingualism, which tend to assume it is both modern and urban. Extensive discussion about the project and its implications has been made available, as are teaching materials both for secondary and university students.

In 2015, the film won the AHRC research in film award in the category “Best film produced by a researcher or research team in the last year.” The jury’s verdict states: this is “a beautifully filmed and scripted film… a highly sophisticated film, beautifully shot, cut, and recorded, which conveys the nature of multilingual life in the village very effectively indeed.”


Atlantic International School

Senegal is one of the favorite destinations of west Africa, particularly Ngor, a traditional village close to the isle of Cap Vert,  only 10 Km away from the capital. This has become an important pole  due to the fact that tourist from all over the world prefer this location to others in Dakar, for its geographical location  and also for its many cultural and natural advantages. This is why, having all this advantages, we decided to set up here our project, the Atlantic International School.

Our aim is also to
–         Promote social cohesion and encourage the pluralism and the dialogue of cultures.
–         To live in a mixed environment of foreigners and locals despite the social, religious differences where they will have the chance to realize their potential in a positive and durable way.

The service we wish to give will allow to students and locals to take advantage of the stay based on a cultural exchange through the language courses (French or Wolof), religious debates, guided visits etc., but also to create a rich contact with the local population with a particular friendship and human exchange.

The student who wish to make this experience with us will be welcomed directly at the airport and accompanied to his host family. He will join life with his family during all his stay, having the chance to eat with them for all the meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). During his stay he will attend the course in the language he has chosen to learn in our school located in Ngor village. Having the possibility to be close to the school, to enjoy a friendly and safe environment.

Through life in a Senegalese family, the student will naturally explore the lifestyle, cooking, music, rhythm of life and the beautiful resources of landscape and people. Our courses are designed to provide a full intercultural perspective, though local debates, songs, guided trips to places of interest and local traditional shops.

The language will be taught with an intercultural perspective. It will be learned by the students developing the four main activities required in a language. The passive ones: listening and reading and the active ones: speaking and writing.

To enable our students to have these abilities we will use the heritage of culture itself, learning songs, poems, traditions, articles, stereotypes, etc. in an interactive way.

Irene Manos
Atlantic International School


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