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Bilingual Books - Biliterate Children : Learning to Read Through Dual Language Books, Paperback / softback Book

Bilingual Books - Biliterate Children : Learning to Read Through Dual Language Books Paperback / softback


This fascinating study shows how young children work simultaneously in two languages to decode unfamiliar text, negotiate meaning and explore the differences between their languages.

Set in the context of current research and practice in relation to multiliteracy, personal and learner identity, and issues in translation, the book explores dual language books and their use in England since the 1980s.

Developed from action research work by primary teachers at the University of East London and in the London Borough of Redbridge, the book follows seven children aged 6 to 10 as they use dual language story books to learn to read in Albanian, Urdu, Turkish, French and Gujerati, with the help of their mothers or their friends.

Teachers, parents and researchers will find the book invaluable.

It explores the nature and benefits of biliteracy and offers ideas and strategies for teaching young children languages, whether by developing their bilingualism or teaching them new ones.

Raymonde Sneddon is a French/English bilingual who loves playing with languages.

She was a primary teacher in east London who specialised in working with bilingual children, their families and communities and is now Research Fellow at the University of East London.

It is published in collaboration with Mantra Lingua.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Institute of Education Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literacy
  • ISBN: 9781858564609



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