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Research Case studies

The challenges in promoting bilingualism, creating safe spaces and promoting additional language learning for young bilingual learners in educational settings.


Building on practice as a teacher in primary and early years education and on lecturing in the field, this ongoing longitudinal work and research with children, teachers, students and colleagues promotes the importance of bilingual education.

It argues that bilingual learners in the early years need ‘safe spaces’ and informed knowledge to promote contextualised learning situations in order for educators to mediate languages and learning with young bilingual learners in home, community and educational settings.

  • Conteh, J. & Brock, A. (2011) 'Safe spaces'? Sites of bilingualism for young learners in home, school and community. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 14 (3), pp.347-360.
  • Brock, A. & Conteh, J. (2011) Children’s rights, identity and learning: the case for bilingualism. Chapter in Jones, P. & Walker, G. Practical Applications of Children’s Rights: Theory, Research and Practice. London: Sage
  • Brock, A. & Swiniarski, L. (2008) An international teaching partnership’s ideas to transform early education practices for global understanding and cultural sensitivity. Education 3-13, Vol. 33, 36, August 2008, 281-292.
  • Brock, A. & Rankin, C. (2008) Communication, language and literacy from Birth to Five. London: SAGE Publications.


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