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ERIC Number: EJ995499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Preschool Italian in Melbourne
Hannan, Siobhan
Learning Languages, v16 n1 p16-17 Fall 2010
Kindergarten in Victoria, Australia is the preschool year, attended by children who are four going on five, and who will go onto primary school the following year. These are part-time programs, run over a small number of sessions per week, typically for 3-5 hours per session for 10-12 hours per week. North West Brunswick Kindergarten, in the inner-northern suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne, is a typical sessional kindergarten. It boasts two spacious, light-filled classrooms and a large garden. Like other kindergartens, it offers a mixture of state-subsidised preschool programs and parent-funded shorter programs for three-year-old children. Unlike most other kindergartens, however, two of these programs are bilingual. Alongside the traditional offerings, the kindergarten offers a three hour Italian language class and an Italian immersion preschool program. In this article, the author discusses the Italian kindergarten program, which is structured in the same way as the mainstream kindergarten programs.
National Network for Early Language Learning. Winston-Salem, NC. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia