EECERA pre-conference meeting 2017: Theoretical aspects of multilingualism in early childhood education

Dear members and associated members of the EECERA SIG Multilingual Childhoods,

We are happy to announce the Multilingual Childhoods pre-conference event of EECERA 2017. The format this year is a seminar/workshop on the topic “theoretical aspects of multilingualism in early childhood education”. The overall purpose for this seminar is to discuss theoretical issues in multilingualism in general and in ECEC in particular, and relevant issues to elaborate might be “what is ‘language’ in multilingual ECE contexts”. How is “language” defined, and on what epistemological and ontological grounds?

The following 3 articles will be given a short introduction (5 minutes), and then discussed by all the participants:

  • Garcia, O. & Wei, L. (2013). Translanguaging. Language, bilingualism and education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Part 1, chapter 1, pp. 5-18). (Introduction by Professor Mila Schwartz, Israel)
  • Makoni, S. & Pennycook, A. (2007). Disinventing and reconstituting languages. I S. Makoni & A. Pennycook (Red.), Disinventing and reconstituting languages (s. 1-41). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. (Introduction by Associate Professor Carola Kleemann, Norway)
  • Puskás, T. & Björk-Willén, P. (2017). Dilemmatic aspects of language policies in a trilingual preschool group Multilingua. (Introduction by Polly Björk-Willén, Sweden)

All participants are expected to have read the papers in advance.


Chair: Gunhild T. Alstad, Norway


Where? At the conference venue – University of Bologna, Italy.

When? August 29th, from 2 pm – 5pm

Price? No additional cost – it’s included in the EECERA conference fee

Do I have to be an ECCERA member to attend? No.

Registration? Please register for the preconference event by sending an email to Gunhild Alstad: no later than the 25th of August. We are happy to distribute the articles as soon as you have registered for the preconference event.  You will need to register for the EECERA conference as usual.

A warm welcome to the “Multilingual Childhoods” SIG seminar 29 August in Bologna!


Best regards,

Gunhild and Sandie