Preschool Bilingual Education

Agency in Interactions Between Children, Teachers, and Parents

  • Mila Schwartz

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Teachers’ Challenges in Navigating Bilingual Spaces in Their Classrooms and Practical Decisions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Danijela Prošić-Santovac, Danijela Radović
      Pages 27-56
    3. Charles L. Mifsud, Lara Ann Vella
      Pages 57-98
  3. Creating Language-Conducive Contexts to Engage Children in Language Learning

  4. Children as Language Experts and Models

About this book


This volume provides an up-to-date collection of key aspects related to current preschool bilingual education research from a socio-linguistic perspective. The focus is on preschool bilingual education in multilingual Europe, which is characterized by diverse language models and children's linguistic backgrounds. The book explores the contemporary perspectives on early bilingual education in light of the threefold theoretical framework of child's, teachers', and parents' agencies in interaction in preschool bilingual education. Five significant theoretical concepts are promoted in this volume: the ecology of language learning, an educational partnership for bilingualism, a notion of agency in early language development and education, language-conducive contexts, and language-conducive strategies. The volume examines preschool bilingual education as embedded in specific socio-cultural contexts on the one hand and highlights its universal features on the other. The book is a fundamental read for scholars and students of second language teaching, preschool education, and bilingual education in multilingual and multicultural societies.


bilingual education bilingualism multilingualism bilingual kindergarten pre-primary multilingual schools teacher education for bilingual preschools practice and policy in bilingual preschools interactional patterns in bilingual co-teaching revitalization of a minority language EFL teachers and bilingual schools preschool learner engagement in language learning discourse skill building in preschool classrooms peer interaction in foreign language learning language acquisition and socialization in bilingual context early childhood bilingual development

Editors and affiliations

  • Mila Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.Language Program Faculty of Advance StudiesOranim Academic College of EducationTivonIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77227-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77228-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-3216
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