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Multiple perspectives on the benefits of teaching of Vietnamese to preschool children in an Australian early childhood context


To, VT and Swabey, KJ and Bown, AN and Thai, B, Multiple perspectives on the benefits of teaching of Vietnamese to preschool children in an Australian early childhood context, International Journal of Early Years Education ISSN 0966-9760 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09669760.2020.1814220


© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The cognitive, educational and economic benefits of learning a second language have been well documented in the literature. This paper reports findings on perspectives of 13 stakeholders on the benefits of a case study about teaching Vietnamese to preschoolers in a regional early childhood context in Tasmania, Australia in 2017. Using a thematic approach in analysing 13 semi-structured interviews, five main themes on the benefits of the programme for the children identified were language development, cultural and global awareness, numeracy enhancement, reading engagement, and personal development. The results showed that participating educators and parents all had positive attitudes towards the early Vietnamese language programme, believed that there were many benefits and expressed a desire for its continuity. These findings suggest that there is a need and desire for second language education in early childhood in the Tasmanian context. Therefore, policy makers, educators and researchers should provide preschools access to learning and teaching resources of a language of their choice to benefit children’s overall development and learning in early childhood, adolescence and beyond.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:early language learning, Vietnamese language, educators and parents’ perspectives, preschool children, Australian early childhood
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Early childhood education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:To, VT (Dr Vinh To)
UTAS Author:Swabey, KJ (Professor Karen Swabey)
UTAS Author:Bown, AN (Dr Andy Bown)
ID Code:139924
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-07-16
Last Modified:2021-07-30

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