Keynote speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers

Professor Dr. Annick De Houwer, University of Erfurt, Germany: 

Including all children from the start: multilingualism-friendly early childhood education  

More and more children in early childhood education (ECE) all over Europe have a linguistically diverse background. They may hear two language varieties at home, only one of which is used in preschools and kindergartens, or they may just hear languages at home that are not used in ECE. These facts need to be fully recognized and acknowledged in preschool classes. If they are not, children will feel left out. Feeling left out does not contribute to socio-emotional well-being. Yet, such well-being is of fundamental importance to learning. Additionally, if children feel no recognition or respect for their home language(s), they may not develop any motivation to learn the school language. Starting from a social justice perspective that takes the UN Convention for Child Rights as its ethical basis, my presentation will further explain these facts, and will propose relatively easy and inexpensive ways to include ALL the children in the classroom from the very start, regardless of their language background.


-          Professor Åsa Palviainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

-          Professor Lars Anders Kulbrandstad, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway