Integrating early foreign language initiatives: Making a case for collaborative practices

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


English has become widespread in early childhood education in Europe and is typified by initiatives involving specialist teachers of English visiting settings for short periods of time a week. This keynote is structured around a study I undertook in Portugal which involved visiting and interviewing pre-primary practitioners and itinerant teachers of English to identify how collaborative practices can result in integrating early English initiatives. I will give a brief overview of the relevance of integrating an early language learning (ELL) initiative and collaborative practice. I will then describe four of the settings I visited which represent a continuum of ‘disintegration’ to ‘integration’, according to six core themes of collaboration. I will suggest that successful ELL initiatives depend upon administrative support and guidelines that foster collaborative practices which involve communication between professionals, mutual trust, common goals, and joint responsibility for outcomes and decision making. I will conclude by highlighting that ELL requires more robust policymaking, and training which alerts pre-primary practitioners to their pro-active role in ELL and collaborative practices.
Period14 May 2022
Event titleInternational Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Event typeConference
Conference number25
LocationThessaloniki, GreeceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational