Various ISSA contributors
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ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands, Slovakia, Estonia, Italy

Effective Teaching and Learning for Minority-language Children in Pre-school

ISSA's Effective teaching and learning for minority-language children in preschool is a set of materials developed under the Socrates Programme-Comenius 2.1 project in partnership with ISSA’s members from Slovakia, Open School Foundation, and from Estonia, Hea Algus with input from international partners from Italy (Cooperation per lo sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti/COSPE) and the Netherlands (Sardes Education Services). The set consists of: Teachers' Guide "Speaking for Diversity: Promoting Multilingualism in Early Childhood Education";

Training Modules for adult educators; and Compendium of learning materials focusing on the benefits of multicultural/intercultural and child-centered approaches for second language learners, the long term social and cognitive benefits of supporting children's home language while learning new languages; the effective classroom teaching and learning strategies for second language learners; assessing and planning instruction for second language learners; the importance of building bridges with families and communities of minority language speaking children etc. In 2009, the project was featured by DG Education and Culture as one of the most creative and innovative best practice from EU programs.