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The Multiplicity of Pre-primary CLIL in Finland (2023)

Mård-Miettinen, K., Palojärvi, A., Hansell, K., Skinnari, K., & Moate, J. (2023). The Multiplicity of Pre-primary CLIL in Finland. In A. Otto, & B. Cortina-Pérez (Eds.), Handbook of CLIL in Pre-primary Education (pp. 169-183). Springer. Springer International Handbooks of Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04768-8_11

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All authors or editorsMård-Miettinen, Karita; Palojärvi, Anu; Hansell, Katri; Skinnari, Kristiina; Moate, Josephine

Parent publicationHandbook of CLIL in Pre-primary Education

Parent publication editorsOtto, Ana; Cortina-Pérez, Beatriz



Journal or seriesSpringer International Handbooks of Education



Publication year2023

Publication date17/05/2023

Pages range169-183

Number of pages in the book638


Place of PublicationCham

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/91865


Finland has language-friendly national curricula that aim to support the presence of the two national languages, Finnish and Swedish as well as other languages, and to foster bi- and multilingual language development. These curricula have encouraged many early years education units in Finland to take the opportunity to engage with languages in innovative ways, for example, by implementing various types of extensive (large-scale) and less extensive (small-scale) content and language integrated (CLIL) arrangements in different languages. This chapter provides an overview of CLIL in the Finnish- and Swedish-medium pre-primary systems in Finland from its national spread and implementations to its curriculum goals. The chapter also provides three research-based examples of pre-primary CLIL in English, Finnish and Swedish that illustrate pedagogical approaches teachers in Finland implement when they integrate content and language learning in their everyday activities.

Keywordsearly childhood education and carelanguage-aware educationbilingualismmultilingualismcurriculacontent and language integrated learninglanguage immersion

Free keywordsbilingual education; curriculum; everyday pedagogy; age-appropriate pedagogy; language enrichment

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

JUFO rating2

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