: Language Educational Observations in a Multicultural Kindergarten

The study gives an insight into language educational research conducted in a Hungarian multilingual–multicultural kindergarten. It briefly describes the special setting in Fáy András Kindergarten, Pápa, where children from 23 foreign families were received in September 2008. The interdisciplinary research aims to explore the question, how kindergarten teachers, children, parents and educational specialists can form the common linguistic, cultural and pedagogical basis for communication in this very complex setting. After the theoretical background that involves the issues of migratory language education and acculturation strategies, the article gives an overview of the bilingual Hungarian–English educational programme of the kindergarten. The focus of the article is on the main results of the research discussing the socio-educational context, the language use and communication in the kindergarten, and the language educational methods and tools. The discussion leads to the conclusion that a new language educational model was born in Hungary, the characteristic features of which are also identified in the article.

Keywords: language pedagogy, multilingual and multicultural, kindergarten, acculturation strategies, linguistic and cultural diversity

Year: 2015
Issue: 2
Page: 63-79
Jul 2015
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