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What is Pre-Primary Education

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Programs at the first stage of organized education, considered as the more formal component of Early Childhood Education and Care. They are primarily designed to introduce very young learners to a school environment, and provide a safe bridge between the home and school. Other related terms that are usually associated with are infant education, pre-school, nursery school and kindergarten.
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CLIL in Pre-Primary Education: A Qualitative Analysis of Teachers' Views in a Spanish Context
Ana Otto (Complutense University, Spain)
Copyright: © 2024 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/979-8-3693-3073-9.ch009
Content and language-integrated learning (CLIL) has experienced an exponential growth with its implementation into international pre-primary education contexts. But pre-primary CLIL has to be suited to the main principles of early childhood education and care (ECEC) and thus respect very young learners' idiosyncratic features in terms of their development and acquisition. In 2004, the Madrid regional government implemented the Spanish-English bilingual programme granting students the opportunity to study English as an additional language and receive instruction for other subjects through English. In the academic year 2017-2018, the programme extended to the very early years, and it is currently run in all bilingual schools. The main aim of this contribution is to discuss the potential applicability of CLIL for pre-primary education and to analyze the teachers' views in Madrid by means of two focus groups.
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