Effective teaching and learning for minority-language children in preschool


As the main implementer of this project, ISSA has worked in partnership with its member organizations in Estonia (Hea Algus) and Slovakia (Nadacia Skola Dokoran), with input from international partners from Italy (Cooperazione per lo sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti/COSPE) and the Netherlands (Sardes Education Services).

The set consists of:

  • Teachers' Guide "Speaking for Diversity: Promoting Multilingualism in Early Childhood Education"
  • Training Modules  for adult educators  
  • Compendium of learning materials

The resources cover the following topics:

  • The benefits of multicultural/intercultural and child-centered approaches for  second language learners
  • The long term social and cognitive benefits of supporting children's home language while learning new languages
  • The theories and applications of first and subsequent language development in children
  • The developmental psychology perspective on second language learning and the impact of  factors such as age, personality, motivation, and the environment
  • Effective classroom teaching and learning strategies for second language learners
  • Assessing and planning instruction for second language learners
  • The importance of building bridges with families and communities of minority language speaking children
  • Development of bi-literacy

This set of resources is made available to ISSA members. For more information, contact Eva Izsak at eizsak@issa.nl