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Language policy and practices in early childhood education and care (ECEC) : a case study of an english-french bilingual crèche in Strasbourg

Abstract : This doctoral thesis focuses on the first parental English-French bilingual crèche established in the multilingual city of Strasbourg, France. Using an ethnographic approach, this research looks into the relationship of language policy with social factors. With the one person, one language (OPOL) policy as this ECEC setting’s identified language policy (LP), my aim is to understand its language policy processes. Primarily informed by Spolsky’s tripartite LP conceptualisation, I seek to analyse the following: the declared language policy or what the proponents say about how they manage languages; the perceived language policy or what they believe about OPOL; and the practiced language policy or what they do and how they implement the said LP. Moreover, following Johnson (2009), I also address the multilayered dimension of LP and look at the agents, goals, processes and discourses involved in the creation of this crèche. Moreover, this research endeavour aims to address a gap in LP studies that to a certain extent have focused on either family or formal educational settings.
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Eloise Caporal-Ebersold. Language policy and practices in early childhood education and care (ECEC) : a case study of an english-french bilingual crèche in Strasbourg. Linguistics. Université de Strasbourg, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018STRAC020⟩. ⟨tel-02050546⟩

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