|Appears in Collections:||Faculty of Social Sciences Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||Playing and learning in another language: ensuring good quality early years education in a language revitalisation programme|
|Keywords:||Gaelic medium preschool provision|
language learning and early years curriculum
pedagogy for language learning
practitioner professional development
|Citation:||Stephen C, McPake J & McLeod W (2012) Playing and learning in another language: ensuring good quality early years education in a language revitalisation programme, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 20 (1), pp. 21-33.|
|Abstract:||Offering Gaelic medium preschool provision poses particular challenges as most children only encounter Gaelic in the playroom and live in a context heavily dominated by English. Nevertheless, expanding provision for early years education in Gaelic is an important part of ambitious plans to revitalise the language. In this paper we explore the challenges experienced by adults and children as they strive to provide good quality preschool education through the medium of Gaelic. Drawing on evidence from a review of Gaelic medium preschool education, we consider the difficulties experienced in developing a Gaelic-only immersion playroom, the need for specific resources and the perceived training needs of practitioners. We look at the issues which arise from the largely English language home learning environment and the specific pedagogical challenges experienced when supporting language learning and access to the national curriculum. Our analysis will be relevant to others working in similar cultural-linguistic and political contexts across Europe.|
|Rights:||Published in European Early Childhood Education Research Journal by Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This is an electronic version of an article published in European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (2012), 20:1, pages: 21-33. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal is available online at: http://www. tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1350-293X&date=2012&volume=20&issue=1&spage=21|
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