Australia’s multicultural society is represented throughout the Early Childhood sector through the diversity of cultures and languages of children and their families. It is essential that educators working with these families understand and appreciate the importance of providing opportunities for responsive pedagogies and practices that acknowledge the significance of children’s home languages.

This workshop will explore ways in which educators can build on and make connections to the Early Years Learning Framework in relation to the principles, practices and learning outcomes outlined in the Framework with specific links to how practitioners can build on children’s cultural, linguistic and social capital to promote diversity, languages and cultural competence in early childhood settings.

About your presenter: Dr. Criss Jones Diaz

I have been a teacher educator for over twenty years. Prior to my commencement at the University of Western Sydney, I taught English as an additional language in Central America and the Caribbean where I learnt Spanish as an additional language. My professional background is grounded in education and community contexts where I have collaborated with educators providing professional development on early literacies, bi/multilingualism, languages learning and diversity issues. My research and publications focus on languages, literacies and identity negotiation in contexts of diversity and difference. I have authored numerous journal articles and book chapters pertaining to my area of expertise.   With colleagues from Western Sydney University, I am currently working on research examining heritage language maintenance and loss in young children Birth – 5 year attending early childhood settings in New South Wales, Australia

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