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Cekaite, Asta; Evaldsson, Ann-Carita – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
In this study we argue that a focus on language learning ecologies, that is, situations for participation in various communicative practices, can shed light on the intricate processes through which minority children develop or are constrained from acquiring cultural and linguistic competencies (here, of a majority language). The analysis draws on…
Descriptors: Play, Multilingualism, Preschool Education, Second Language Learning
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Martín-Bylund, Anna – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
What are the material-semiotic relationships between a language policy and a table game activity in a bilingual preschool? Using Actor-Network Theory (ANT), the aim of this article is to explore this question, working with both human and nonhuman aspects of the activity, symmetrically, at the same level. The game playing activity takes place at a…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education, Preschool Children
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Boyd, Sally; Huss, Leena – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This special issue has as its focus the agency of young children in relation to language policy and practice in bi- and multilingual preschools in Finland and Sweden. Studies of language policy in practice in early childhood education and care (ECEC) in these two countries can be particularly relevant even to those in other contexts, because they…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Bilingual Education, Language of Instruction
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Boyd, Sally; Huss, Leena; Ottesjö, Cajsa – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This paper presents results from an ethnographic study of language policy as it is enacted in everyday interaction in two language profile preschools in Sweden with explicit monolingual language policies: English and Finnish, respectively. However, in both preschools, children are free to choose language or code alternate. The study shows how…
Descriptors: Profiles, Preschool Children, Educational Policy, Code Switching (Language)
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Puskás, Tünde; Björk-Willén, Polly – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This article explores dilemmatic aspects of language policies in a preschool group in which three languages (Swedish, Romani and Arabic) are spoken on an everyday basis. The article highlights the interplay between policy decisions on the societal level, the teachers' interpretations of these policies, as well as language practices on the micro…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Language Usage, Ethnography
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Bergroth, Mari; Palviainen, Åsa – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
The current study examines bilingual children as language policy agents in the interplay between official language policy and education policy at three Swedish-medium preschools in Finland. For this purpose we monitored nine Finnish-Swedish bilingual children aged 3 to 5 years for 18 months. The preschools were located in three different parts of…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Swedish, Language of Instruction, Preschool Children
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Ka'ai, Tania M. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
Inspired by Joshua Fishman's lifetime dedication to the revitalisation of minority languages, especially Yiddish, this paper presents my personal story of the loss of the Maori language in my family in New Zealand/Aotearoa and our attempts to reverse this decline over several generations. The paper includes a description of several policy reforms…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Pacific Islanders, Ethnic Groups, Malayo Polynesian Languages