Reference : Young children’s language-based agency in multilingual contexts in Luxembourg and Israel
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Young children’s language-based agency in multilingual contexts in Luxembourg and Israel
Schwartz, Mila [> >]
Kirsch, Claudine mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
Mortini, Simone [> >]
Applied Linguistics Review
De Gruyter Mouton
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[en] child's agentic behaviour ; multilingual context ; novel language learning ; preschool education
[en] Drawing on two longitudinal case-studies, this study aimed to identify some salient characteristics of the agentic behaviour of two young emergent multilinguals in two different multilingual contexts: Luxembourg and Israel. Despite the fact that the studies were conducted independently, the two cases were analysed together owing to the similarities in the research methods such as video-recorded observations, and semi-structured interviews with teachers and parents. The data were analysed through thematic and conversational analyses. Findings showed that a boy who learned Luxembourgish in Luxembourg and a girl who learned Hebrew in Israel, were outgoing and active learners who influenced their learning environment. We identified ten types of agentic behaviour, including engaging in repetition after peers and the teacher, creatively producing language, translanguaging, and self-monitoring. Despite differences of the children's sociocultural and linguistic backgrounds, and the language policies of their educational settings, we found a striking overlap in their language-based agentic behaviours. We suggest that the identified types can encourage further research in this field. Although our study with talkative children allowed us to observe many types of agentic behaviours, we cannot claim that less outgoing children or children who do not show the same behaviours do not have ways of expressing their agency.
FnR ; FNR9989225 > Claudine Kirsch > MuLiPEC > Developing multilingual pedagogies in Early Childhood Education > 01/05/2016 > 30/04/2019 > 2015

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