Multilingual Learning

Stories From Schools and Communities in Britain

November 2007
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    29th November 2007
  • ISBN 9781858563985
  • Language English
  • Pages 168 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.25"
  • Images charts

With its stories of individual learners and teachers in a wide range of contexts, this book offers radical new thinking about mainstream and community education in Britain. It argues for theoretical frameworks and a model of pedagogy and terminology that properly reflect the ways in which children’s achievements in mainstream school are fed by all their learning experiences in different contexts, and in all the languages in their repertoire.

The editors, all experienced teachers and researchers in community settings, present an overview of the current situation and propose theoretical and pedagogical frameworks to move discussion forward. Individual case studies bring to life how it feels to be a teacher or learner in such contexts.

The contributors are Olga Barradas, Arvind Bhatt, Nirmala Bhojani, Christine Callender, Yangguang Chen, Angela Creese, and Raymonde Sneddon. The concluding chapter by Jill Bourne draws the themes together and opens out the possibilities for the future.

Multilingual Learning is for researchers, teachers, and teacher-educators, and indicates the possibilities for positive links between mainstream school and community learning contexts, and for future research, policy and practice.

1) Multilingual Learning Stories from Schools and Communities in Britain: Issues and Debates—Jean Conteh, Peter Martin and Leena Helavaara Robertson; 2) Learning in Three Languages in Home and Community—Raymonde Sneddon; 3) The Story of Bilingual Children Learning to Read—Leena Helavaara Robertson; 4) Contributing to Success: Chinese Parents and the Community School—Yangguang Chen; 5) Learning Portuguese: A Tale of Two Worlds—Olga Barradas; 6) Multilingual Learning Stories in Two Gujarati Complementary Schools in Leicester—Peter Martin, Arvind Bhatt, Nirmala Bhojani and Angela Creese; 7) Culture, Languages and Learning: Mediating a Bilingual Approach in Complementary Saturday Classes—Jean Conteh; 8) Reflections and Suggestions for Ways Forward—Jill Bourne; References; Index.

Jean Conteh

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Peter Martin

Peter Martin was, until his death, Professor of Education and Linguistics at University of East London.

Leena Helavaara Robertson

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