Multilingualism in the Finnish preparatory classroom – does it exist?

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The study was conducted with the aim of exploring Finnish preparatory teachers’ attitudes to multilingualism and students’ native languages and to examine teachers’ rules related to the usage of languages in the classroom. The sample consisted of six teachers employed in state schools in the capital area and in Central Finland. Semi-structured interviews were used as the basic instrument. The data revealed that teachers understand the importance of first language
development, and also have a positive attitude towards multilingualism in the classroom on a theoretical level. However, when it comes to practice, teachers place significant limitations on first language use in the classrooms and need more knowledge on how to move from monolingual to multilingual practices. These findings suggest that more attention should be paid to pre- and in-service teacher preparation. 
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPidetään kielet elävinä - Keeping Languages Alive - Piemmö kielet elävinny : AFinLAn vuosikirja 2019
EditorsMaria Kok, Henna Massinen, Ilja Moshnikov, Esa Penttilä, Susanna Tavi, Laura Tuomainen
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationJyväskylä
PublisherSuomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistys AFinLA ry
Publication date18 Dec 2019
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-9388-69-4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameSuomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistyksen (AFinLAn) julkaisuja
ISSN (Electronic)2343-2608

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • second language
  • first language support
  • preparatory education

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