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See detailDeveloping Multilingual Pedagogies in Early Childhood: a review of the project MuLiPEC
Aleksic, Claudine UL; Aleksic, Gabrijela UL; Mortini, Simone UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, November 27)

Developing Multilingual Pedagogies in Early Childhood: a review of the project The project MuLiPEC (2016-2019) addresses the need for multilingual pedagogies in early childhood education in Luxembourg. It ... [more ▼]

Developing Multilingual Pedagogies in Early Childhood: a review of the project The project MuLiPEC (2016-2019) addresses the need for multilingual pedagogies in early childhood education in Luxembourg. It offered a professional development (PD) course to develop the practitioners’ knowledge and skills in relation to multilingualism and effective pedagogies as well as their practices, and analysed the effects of the PD on the practitioners and the children’s languaging. We offered a first 15-hour course to 46 practitioners from formal and non-formal education settings. Of these, seven continued during one academic year. They were coached and took part in six network meetings where we discussed their practices. To analyse the results, we drew on observations of the PD and in the research settings, video-recorded activities, and interviews. The results show that all 46 participants opened up to multilingual education and deepened their understanding of multilingualism, language development and multilingual pedagogies. Furthermore, the seven focus practitioners implemented activities in multiple languages and deployed effective language supportive strategies. Five of them developed holistic and child-centred multilingual pedagogies. This paper presents these positive findings and raises questions related to the sustainability of PD course and the need to continue the implementation of these effective pedagogies. [less ▲]

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See detailLanguage learning through storying on iTEO
Kirsch, Claudine UL; Di Letizia, Laurence

Scientific Conference (2015, September 09)

Luxembourg is a trilingual country and the EU state with the highest percentage of foreign residents. Currently, 62% of nursery children do not speak Luxembourgish as their first language. They learn ... [more ▼]

Luxembourg is a trilingual country and the EU state with the highest percentage of foreign residents. Currently, 62% of nursery children do not speak Luxembourgish as their first language. They learn Luxembourgish in the nursery aged 4. The project “TEO” aims at developing multilingual oracies through collaborative storytelling in nursery and lower primary schools. “Storying” is a leading activity because it activates cognitive, social and emotional processes. It capitalizes on children’s resources and encourages them to narrate, draw, play, read and write stories. The iPad App iTEO is designed to record and edit the spoken word. The automatic replay promotes reflection on language and encourages autonomous language learning. The project draws on social constructivist learning theories and on Bakhtin’s theory of dialogism. The qualitative longitudinal study (2013 – 2016) relies on several methods including regular observations, video-recordings, interviews with the children, the teachers and the parents and the collection of audio and visual material. Teachers and parents gave written consent for the video-recordings to be used for educational purposes. Our presentation focuses both on the various ways the teacher uses storying to give children a voice and on the multiple ways a Portuguese child learns to use iTEO. She sings, reports on events, retells stories and transforms and invents stories based on an action-hero. She uses translanguaging to get her meaning across, develops language skills through collaboration and reflection and develops a secure sense of identity. The practices of the teacher and the children promote inclusive education programmes. [less ▲]

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