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Multilingual education in early years in Luxembourg: a paradigm shift?
Kirsch, Claudine; Aleksic, Gabrijela
2021In International Journal of Multilingualism, 18 (4), p. 534-550
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Keywords :
multilingualism; Luxembourg; early childhood education; non-formal education; literacy; parent-school collaboration
Abstract :
[en] This paper is based in Luxembourg where a multilingual programme has been implemented in early childhood education in 2017. The research project examines the language use in daily communication and literacy activities of educators and parents in day care centres, as reported by educators in two online-questionnaires. The findings show that the educators and parents use multiple languages when communicating, singing and reading with children in the centres. In addition to French and Luxembourgish which dominate, they use five other languages. Their reported multilingual practice reflects their beliefs that speaking and reading in several languages promotes language learning. However, while the programme is multilingual, a range of home languages are marginalised. The educators produce a language hierarchy in the centres which the parents reproduce. While collaboration with parents can be effective in bringing home languages into day care centres, educators need to be aware of language hierarchies and ideologies.
Disciplines :
Languages & linguistics
Author, co-author :
Kirsch, Claudine  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Humanities (DHUM)
Aleksic, Gabrijela  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Multilingual education in early years in Luxembourg: a paradigm shift?
Publication date :
19 April 2021
Journal title :
International Journal of Multilingualism
ISSN :
1479-0718
Publisher :
Routledge, United Kingdom
Special issue title :
Socially just plurilingual education in Europe: Shifting subjectivities through research and action
Volume :
18
Issue :
4
Pages :
534-550
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Focus Area :
Educational Sciences
FnR Project :
FNR13552634 - Collaboration With Parents And Multiliteracy In Early Childhood Education, 2019 (15/06/2020-14/06/2023) - Claudine Kirsch
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
MENJE
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