Various Articles on Early Childhood Education & Bilingualism in an International Nursery School Setting
By: Esther Dartigue
Published: n/a, 1958 - 1970
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Tags: Bilingualism, early childhood education, Esther Dartigue, Nursery School

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Description/Abstract: Esther Dartigue was Director of the United Nations Nursery School in Paris for 10 years (Sept. 1956 to June 1966). During this time, she was asked to write a number of articles for various educational publications having to do with early childhood education and bilingualism in an international nursery-school setting.

1. “When the Nations Meet – in Kindergarten,” in Child Study (Winter 1958-59).

2. “Les Écoles Internationales” (“The International Schools”), transcription of a talk Esther Dartigue gave at a national conference of 1500 French nursery school teachers, directors and inspectors that was also attended by 44 delegates of national committees of OMEP (World Organization of Early Childhood Education) in Nice, France (July 1962), that also appeared in the conference’s special publication, Journées Internationales.

3. “Back to School,” in Opinion, a UNESCO publication (1964, No. 3). It may well have been intended as a way of informing new UNESCO employees with young children about the school.

4. “Rapport de Mme Esther Dartigue: Notre expérience au Jardin d’Enfants de l’ONU à Paris en ce qui concerne le bilinguisme” (“Mrs. Dartigue’s Report: Our Experience at the United Nations Nursery School in Paris as Concerns Bilingualism”), in ISA Bulletin (January-February 1965). (ISA stands for International Schools Association.) This is taken from a talk she gave at the New Education Fellowship conference at the Institut National de Pédagogie in Paris in January 1965.

5. “Bilingualism in the Nursery School,” in The French Review (February 1966), the magazine of the American Association of Teachers of French. Here the focus was on how French was “taught” in Esther Dartigues school, which was essentially by osmosis (whatever the child wanted to pick up).

6. “Der Bilinguismus beim Kleinkind” (roughly, “Bilingualism in Nursery School Children”), in Mitteilungsblatt (July 1966), newsletter of the Association for Girls' and Women’s Education (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Mädchen-und Frauenbildung e.V.), in Germany. It appears to be a summary of the talk she gave at the New Education Fellowship Conference in Paris (1965) or the ISA Bulletin article referred to above (see #4).

7. “A Few Observations on Free Play and Language in the United Nations Nursery School and Kindergarten of Paris,” in the Newsletter of the IPA (International Playground Association) (Volume IV, No. 4, September 1970, and later bound in Volume IV, 1969-1972)