Building multilingual learning environments in early years education

Martin Dodman

Abstract


This paper examines the early language development of children with particular reference to the importance of personal multilingualism and the reasons why this should be promoted in early years education. It is argued that such an objective is best achieved by building multilingual learning environments at the level of nursery and infant schools. The characteristics of such environments are described and ways of evaluating projects designed to build them are presented. 


Keywords


language; learning; early years education; environmental and personal multilingualism

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DOI: 10.6092/issn.1970-2221/6207

Copyright (c) 2016 Martin Dodman

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