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A Language Policy for the Early Years in Malta and Gozo




From: Ministry for Education and Employment
​Published on: ​1 September 2015
Running till: ​31 December 2015
​Last Updated: ​7 November 2016

1.        Background
The policy promotes the bilingual development in Maltese and English of young children (0-7 years) in Malta and Gozo. It stems from The National Curriculum Framework (2012), the National Literacy
Strategy for All in Malta and Gozo (2014) and the Framework for the Education Strategy for Malta 2014-20124 and is intended to provide national guidelines for bilingual education. Within this framework schools are to be supported to develop their own language strategies in the School Development Plan, to meet the needs of their students.
The Policy strives to provide learners with opportunities to:  
  •  Foster positive attitudes towards Maltese, English and other languages;
  •  Develop competences in Maltese and English in different settings.
The policy offers direction in the promotion of bilingualism to:
  •  parents and significant others;
  •  early years educators;
  •  managers of early years education settings;
  •  early childhood teacher educators.


2.        Documents

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·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.



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