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Andy Hancock, Susanne Hermeling, John Landon, Andrea Young (Eds.)
Building on Language Diversity with Young Children
Teacher Education for the Support of Second Language Acquisition
Reihe: Erziehungswissenschaft
Bd. 55, 2006, 288 S., 24.90 EUR, 24.90 CHF, br., ISBN 3-8258-9786-9

Across Europe there is increasing concern that children from migrant families frequently under-perform in state school systems. The situation makes high demands on nursery and primary teachers whose initial and continuing professional development requires appropriate re-evaluation. The Socrates-Comenius project TESSLA ( with experts in Estonia, France, Germany, Sweden, Turkey and the UK presents courses that comprise the relevant subject areas: bilingual language acquisition, intercultural and language awareness, language assessment, literacy development and parental involvement. Teacher educators are also provided with a discussion of appropriate methodologies, including problem-based and online learning.

Some of the course materials of the curricula published here will be made available on CD-ROMs in the respective national language. Please contact the authors of the curricula.

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