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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

“ISSUES of MULTILINGUALISM in EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION”

Research into Early Years Language Learning (REYLL) 2015
Roma Tre University – Via Valco San Paolo, 19

Registration is open from 09.00 on Thursday and Friday on the ground floor


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THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2015

 

AULA (Room) B
(first floor)

SALA (Room)
Ignazio Ambrogio
(second floor)

9.30-10.15

WELCOME

10.15-11.10

PLENARY

Iram Siraj
UCL Institute of Education
University College London

What does the evidence on effective early learning tell us about what to research to support young multilingual learners?

11.00-11.30

COFFEE BREAK

11.30-13.00

Session 1
Bilingualism

Session 2
Diversity & Multilingualism

11.30-12.00

Ecological measures of language development in bilingual children
Maja Roch & Gordana Hrzica
University of Padua, Italy, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Language teaching choices and opportunities in multilingual settings in early childhood education
Gunhild Tomter Alstad
Hedmark University College, Norway

12.00-12.30

Children's meta-linguistic talk in a bilingual kindergarten: a language learning and social interaction
Mila Schwartz & Naomi Gorbatt Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel

Early childhood English language evaluation: a communicative approach
Marta Walliser
Insituto Franklin- UAH in Alcalá de Henares, Spain

12.30-13.00

Bilingual education in state-funded preschool institutions: the case of Serbia
Danijela Prosic-Santovacn & Danijela Radović
University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Different routes to spatial language in multilingual preschoolers with German as L2
Heike Behrens, Stefanie Haberzettl, Natalia Kapica, Karin Madlener, Giulio Pagonis, Maike Schug, Katrin Skoruppa
University of Basel, Switzerland, Saarland University, University of Heidelberg, Germany

13.00-14.30

LUNCH BREAK

14.30-16.00

Session 3
Classroom teaching

Session 4
Home and parents

14.30-15.00

Approaching English at an early age: an experiment in an Italian child care institution
Matteo Santipolo. Alberta Novello & Lorenza Piombo
Università di Padova, Asilo Nido “Buonarroti” Rovigo, Italy

Caregiver communicative strategies for successful acquisition in a monolingual and multilingual environment

Victoria, A. Kazakovskaya & Elizaveta Khachaturyan
Russian Academy of Sciences & University of Oslo, Norway

15.00-15.30

Teaching second language at pre-primary level in Russia: past and present
Ekaterina Protassova
University of Helsinki, Finland

Impact of various sociolinguistic factors on acquisition of national language in Estonia.
Mart Rannut & Ülle Rannut
University of Tartu, Estonia & Immisoft New Immigrant Adaptation Centre in Tallinn, Estonia

15.30-16.00

Variation in monolingual and bilingual parents’ and nonparents’ attitudes towards child bilingualism

Nada Poropat Jeletic & Tarita Štokovac, Juraj Dobrila, University of Pula, Croatia

Kindergarten – home collaboration focusing on multilingual children’s language development
Anja Pesch
Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø

16.00-16.45

COFFEE BREAK & POSTER Presentation

 
  • Teacher education and early childhood foreign language learning
    • Flora Sisti & Giovanna Carloni, University of Urbino, Italy
  • Raising children to become multilingual
    • Hein Lindquist, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Norway
  • Content and language integrated learning and the Italian pre-school
    • Olivia Mair, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
  • Double Children – growing up with two languages and two identities in UK
    • Opal Dunn, Independent Scholar, UK
  • In quest of the magic element in preschoolers’ vocabulary reception
    • Thomaï Alexiou, Michail Zapounidis & Ioanna Kostopoulou
      Aristotle University, Greece; Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki; Hellenic Open University, Greece

16.45–18.15

Session 5
Home-parents

Session 6
Research & Practice

16.45-17.15

Empowerment through knowledge – boosting parents’ confidence in multilingual upbringing
Andrea C. Schalley & Susana A. Eisenchlas
Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

From research on child L2 acquisition of English to classroom practice
Teresa Fleta, Madrid Complutense University, Spain

17.15-17.45

Developing UAE students’ Arabic and English Communication Skills through Parent Involvement
Kelly McBride, Annamica Ramdeen, and Joy Wilson
Zakher KG, Abu Dhabi Education Council, United Arab Emirates

The role of the critical period and the typological distance in the acquisition of Italian as L2 by immigrant children
Patrizia Giuliano, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

17.45-18.15

The roles of parents in nurturing multiple literacies and mediating multilingual identities 
Nayr Ibrahim, University of Reading / British Council, Paris France

Levels of metalinguistic development in Italian-French bilingual preschoolers. Some methodological issues
Maria Antonietta Pinto, Sonia El Euch, Maria Carolina Lombardo & Paolo Iliceto
University of Rome, La Sapienza (Italy), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Canada), Statistics & Psychometrics, Rome(Italy).

20.00

SOCIAL DINNER Restaurant La Fraschetta



FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2015

 

AULA (Room) B
(first floor)

SALA (Room)
Ignazio Ambrogio
(second floor)

9.15-10.05

PLENARY

Jim Cummins
Professor Emeritus
University of Toronto
OISE - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Multilingualism in early childhood education: research, policy, and pedagogy in an era of unprecedented population mobility.

 

Session 7
Classroom teaching

Session 8
Home-parents

10.15-10.45

The onset of story comprehension and production in young children learning English
Traute Taeschner, Krizia Destino & Sabine Pirchio
La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Parents’ perspectives on their children’s language development in multilingual contexts
Olja Milosevic
International School of Belgrade, Serbia

10.45-11.15

Linguistic repertoires, interpretation and knowledge transfer during English picturebook read alouds
Sandie Mourão
Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal.

Home language literacy education: a gaming approach.
Susana A. Eisenchlas, Andrea C., Schalley & Gordon Moyes,
Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

11.15-11.45

COFFEE BREAK

 

Session 9
Classroom teaching

Session 10
Differentiation and mediation

11.45-12.15

Does preschool support multilingualism? – an example from Croatia
Lidija Cvikic & Tamara Turza Bogdan
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Differentiation in an early years language planning project
Máire Mhic Mhathúna
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

12.15-12.45

Mindshifting – rethinking ‘English as discrete lessons’ or ‘English integrated into the curriculum’?
Gail Ellis
British Council Paris, France

“On va faire des lahmacuns?” Mediating languages and creating safe-spaces in the preschool classroom.
Latisha Mary & Andrea Young Université de Lorraine
Université de Strasbourg

12.45-13.15

Global perspectives on early childhood education in English for speakers of other languages
Victoria A. Murphy
Department of Education - University of Oxford, UK

Bilingual co-teaching in the UAE kindergarten to enhance speaking skills
Anna Dillon
College of Education at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi

13.15-14.15

LUNCH BREAK  & POSTER SESSION

 

Session 11
Migrants & Multilingualism

Session 12
Language Policies

14.15-14.45

Multilingualism in early childhood education. A European survey: the Welcomm project
Carla Bagna, Sabrina Machetti, Luana Cosenza, Paola Masillo & Luisa Salvati
University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy

Language policy in Poland: an interplay of top-down and bottom–up influences
Joanna Rokita-Jaśkow
Pedagogical University, Cracow, Poland

14.45-15.15

Bilingual immigrant children`s use of recontexualized language
Marit Sundelin
The Arctic University of Norway

Foreign language learning in the Croatian preschool context
Marija Andraka & Milka Bilić-Štefan
University of Zagreb, Croatia

15.15-15.45

COFFEE BREAK

 

Session 13
Contexts and attitudes

Session 14
Diversity and Multilingualism 

15.45-16.15

Foreign languages in Italian pre-school contexts: a case study
Lucilla Lopriore
Roma Tre University, Italy

Bilingual education in kindergarten: motivation and vocabulary learning. An Italian-Turkish school case study
Valentina Carbonara
University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy

16.15-16.45

Preschool teachers’ attitudes towards the early learning of a foreign language in Slovenia
Mateja Dagarin Fojkar & Darija Skubic
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Comparing ESL error profiles of French and Polish-speaking children
François Pichette & Justyna Leśniewska
Université du Québec, Canada, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Poland

16.50-17.30

Round Table Session & Closing ceremony



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