Building Bridges: Multilingual Resources for Children

Author: Multilingual Resources for Children Project

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Multilingual Matters
Building Bridges extends the debate on resources in multilingual classrooms in new directions. It focusses on the languages other than English that are most commonly spoken by British school children — Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Panjabi and Urdu; and it looks at ways in which decisions about language, typography, production and design affect both readability and status. A number of themes run through the book: the value of diversity for all children in all schools; the importance of creating an atmosphere which supports the use of spoken and written resources in other languages; the need to recognize status issues associated with the design and production of resources; the fact that children are more perceptive users of materials than they are generally given credit for; and the potential of multilingual resources for building bridges between monolinguals and bilinguals, between home and school. Essential reading for teachers, translators, designers and publishers of multilingual resources for children.

Conceptions of language representation are changing. Words are not static entries in a mental dictionary. Instead they are part of human communication, ever contextualised in people and their lives, languages, meanings, interactions, and selves. In bringing together lead researchers in the various relevant disciplines, Aneta Pavlenko produces a compelling account of this important new perspective as it applies to bilingualism. Despite its interdisciplinarity, this is rigorous research, with each approach following its own characteristic steps. It is exciting too, as together these chapters reveal the intricate rhythms of the bilingual lexicon. The approach, and Pavlenko's enthusiasm, are catching. This is a vibrant and readable volume – pick it up, and join the dance.

Postgraduate, Research / Professional
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