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Lijuan Wang & Katri Jokikokko (2022) Teacher and peer interaction in lower age novice-newcomer’s L2 learning and socialisation, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2022.2039163

Teacher and peer interaction in lower age novice-newcomer’s L2 learning and socialisation

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Author: Wang, Lijuan1; Jokikokko, Katri1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-11-21


This study adopts a sociocultural approach to examine the language socialisation of a lower age novice-newcomer recently arrived in a Finnish open day care centre. A mixed method approach combining ethnographic analysis and quantitative analysis has been used to analyse video-recordings. The results suggest that when educators recognise language novice-newcomer’s diverse needs and deploy thereby multimodal socialising strategies (i.e. verbal, gestural), the novice-newcomer’s language and interactive competences could ameliorate across time. Different from adults, the local children seem unconscious of the diverse needs of peers from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, which sets out challenges for educators in balancing recognition of diversity with equality.

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Series: Journal of multilingual and multicultural development
ISSN: 0143-4632
ISSN-E: 1747-7557
ISSN-L: 0143-4632
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2022.2039163
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.