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Tätigkeitstheorie: E-Journal for Activity Theoretical Research in Germany

Publisher: Georg Rückriem & Hartmut Giest

ISSN: 2191-6667

Started in 2010

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Let's Do Language With Each Other! Looking at a Language Education Approach from a Cultural-Historical Perspective 511

Sens A.
MA, Germany

This article investigates an approach to language education for young children situated in a cultural-historical tradition. This approach recognizes the fundamental situatedness and dialogicality of language learning. It views language learning as a joint activity which is located within daily routines and social practices that are meaningful to young children and their care givers. It looks at the nexus of social, cognitive and linguistic development and accentuates the key role of the care giver. An approach to language education for young children with a cultural-historical perspective demands a high level of professionalism in early childhood settings. This implies a concept of professional training for child care providers which offers knowledge, skill training and reflection on individual belief systems. The article suggests directions for further research on professional training of child care providers based on a cultural-historical perspective.

Keywords: Beliefs, Day care, In-service training, Language education, Language learning

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