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The political framework for creation and development of bilingual kindergartens in Berlin

  • In spring 2002, we celebrated the inauguration of the first German-Russian-Jewish kindergarten in Berlin. Nowadays, there are seven bilingual German-Russian kindergartens with 4 60 places and 78 bilingual kindergartens with other combinations of languages [SENBWF]. Maybe it is not enough, taking into account the large proportion o f immigrants in the population of Berlin1. And yet, much progress has been achieved, endorsing the fact that German society has begun to change its attitude towards other languages on its territory. The initial request for German monolingualism first changed into societal tolerance of multilingualism and eventually to the recognition o f the value of multilingualism. This process is a very slow one, and it is not yet complete. In my article, I would like to look at the development in the last few years of the political framework that has made possible, on the one hand, the opening of bilingual kindergartens in Berlin, and on the other hand, to consider what has hampered this process until now. I would like to emphasise three most important political spheres: linguistic, educational and integrational.

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Author:Katharina Meng
Parent Title (English):Issues of muliticulturalism and multilingualism in modern education system (Studia Humanoria et Paedagogica Collegii Narovensis III/2)
Publisher:Tartu Ülikool Narva Kolledž
Place of publication:Narva
Editor:Ekaterina Protassova, Anna Džalalova
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2008
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Deutschland; Mehrsprachigkeit; Spracherwerb
Page Number:12
First Page:43
Last Page:54
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland