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“When there are not enough words ”: Teachers and Children with Different Mother Tongues in a Preschool
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2010 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The study examines the strategies monolingual Swedish preschool teachers make use of to tackle the challenges posed by the children’s multilingualism. In many Swedish preschools children with no or little prior knowledge of Swedish are enrolled in the preschools. Preschool teachers have the task of preparing these multilingual preschoolers for formal schooling in Swedish. This paper takes its departure in defining the preschool as an institution of cultural and linguistic reproduction and relates to the theories of second language teaching/learning within a context of institutional monolingualism. The study is based on ethnographic fieldwork in a multilingual preschool group while the focus is on teacher-child interaction.. Concepts such as “languaging” and “interactive languaging” are introduced as tools which help the author to make sense of the empirical material.

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languaging, preschool, multilingualism
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Social Sciences Social Anthropology Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67748OAI: diva2:412656
Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction, Aalborg, Danmark 17-19 november, 2010
Etnicitet i förskolan
Available from: 2011-04-26 Created: 2011-04-26 Last updated: 2011-05-09

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