Public Seminar
“Supporting Multilingualism in the Early Years”

Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association – Hong Kong Chapter (PECERA-HK) and Chor Hang Education Research Institute (CHERI) are very pleased to be joint-organizing a public seminar on “Supporting Multilingualism in the Early Years” by Professor Stephanie Sanders-Smith.

While many local and international schools in Hong Kong provide dual language programmes emphasising English alongside of Cantonese or Mandarin, there has been little research that has explored how learning and language use takes shape within these schools, particularly within Early Childhood Educational contexts. There is even less research about dual language learning in programmes that also employ Progressive practices.

This presentation demonstrates how young learners in the Early Years programme at Yew Chung International School (YCIS) Hong Kong, a programme that adheres to an emergent curriculum and inquiry-based pedagogy, develop trilingualism through translingual communicative practices. The author will discuss what is meant by translingualism and translanguaging and how these practices are present in YCIS Early Years classrooms. Conditions for multilingual participation within one classroom will be highlighted, as well as how children within it negotiated peer relationships through linguistic improvisation and accommodation.  

Stephanie C. Smith is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on socio-cultural foundations and pedagogy in early childhood. Her research interests’ center on the connection between pedagogy and societal issues associated with race and class. Dr. Smith’s work focuses primarily on these connections in urban early childhood programs.

We welcome all education practitioners, professionals from various fields, and interested parents and students to join us. Please visit www.pecera.org.hk for information and updates of the seminar.

Details of the captioned seminar are as follows:

Date and Time:

13 June, 2018 (Wednesday), 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(Registration starts at 6:00 p.m.)

Topic: Supporting Multilingualism in the Early Years
Guest Speaker:

Professor Stephanie Sanders-Smith
College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor Curriculum and Instruction
Ph.D. Urban Systems, The State University of New Jersey
M.A. Cultural and Educational Policy Studies Loyola University

B.S. Education Butler


The Auditorium, Yew Chung International School- Secondary
3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Language: English (Cantonese simultaneous interpretation service will be provided)
Fee: Free admission
Registration: Please register online on the PECERA (Hong Kong) website. Confirmation of your registration will be sent via email in due course.

Deadline for registration: 11 June 2018 (Monday)

For enquiries, please contact the PECERA (Hong Kong) Secretariat at seminar@pecera.org.hk.