Mot en ny satsing på flerspråklighet – en analyse av språkpolitiske føringer i barnehagens styringsdokumenter

  • Katrine Giæver Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
  • Elena Tkachenko Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway


In this article, we discuss how language policy for multilingualism in Norwegian early childhood education has changed during the last 30 years. Drawing on discourse analysis of central official policy documents from different time periods, we discuss the change towards a monolingual language policy. Our analysis shows controversies and inconsistencies in the policy. As we critically question this development, we also discuss the opportunities the current early childhood curriculum opens for supporting multilingual children and connect it to recent research on superdiversity and dynamic and flexible multilingualism.

language policy, multilingualism, early childhood education curriculum, bilingual teachers