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The Multilingual Literacy project

The Multilingual Literacy project

The need for multilingual support is highlighted

The purpose of the Multilingual Literacy project is to find out what type of actions are needed to maintain and strengthen one’s mother tongue and literacy from the perspective of kindergartens, libraries and multicultural families and communities. The aim is to gather information on needs, opportunities, and challenges and to share good practice with multicultural families and professionals working with them.

The project will start with an extensive investigation that will map out the needs and opportunities of kindergartens and libraries to support the home language, but also literacy in Finnish. In addition, multicultural families are interviewed to identify genuine needs and challenges.

The project is limited to those in early childhood, their families and professionals in kindergartens and libraries. Regionally, the focus is especially on the immigrant-dominated suburbs of Turku, Kotka and Vantaa. Among the language groups, native speakers of Somali, Arabic and Russian are primarily examined.

Based on the investigation, materials will be designed for professional use and a handbook for families to maintain their own mother tongue and support literacy.


Kindergartens need support for multilingual reading

Finland is becoming an increasingly multicultural and multilingual place to live in, which also brings new needs to schools and kindergartens. As part of the Multilingual Literacy project, the Finnish Reading Center commissioned a survey for kindergartens to find out the experiences, challenges and needs of kindergartens in a multilingual operating environment.

370 kindergartens responded to the Finnish Reading Center’s survey. Based on the kindergarten survey, there is a clear need for kindergarten staff material that can be utilized to guide the parents in how to support the child’s literacy at home. In addition, there is a need for parental material to be used at home and to provide parents with the necessary information about the importance of both reading and the language spoken at home.

Read more about the results of the survey on the Multilingual Month’s blog (scroll down for English version).


Additional information:

Project Manager Emmi Jäkkö,, +358 50 563 8998