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ERIC Number: EJ1161275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
Translation Activities in Bilingual Early Childhood Education: Children's Perspectives and Teachers' Scaffolding
Kultti, Anne; Pramling, Niklas
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v36 n6 p703-725 Nov 2017
In the present study we investigate empirically how six to seven-year-old children with their teachers take on the challenge of translating the lyrics of a children's song from Finnish to English, analyzing how translation is collaboratively constituted by the participants. The study is informed by translanguaging theory and a sociocultural perspective on learning. The results show that the children respond to the challenge to translate through talking about "how" something is done instead of "what" a word means, and by attending to sound (making sense through a similar sounding word). It is also shown how the teachers scaffold the children who take on the task by introducing synonyms and antonyms, and using meta-markers. The importance of the differentiated set of practices engaged in by the participants for their development of linguistic and metalinguistic awareness is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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