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Recommended Books

Books available to borrow at the Limes center session

  • Supporting Identity, Diversity and Language in the Early Years (Supporting Early Learning S.) - Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Priscilla Clarke
  • The Bilingualism Reader - Li Wei (Editor Bilingualism in Development: Language, Literacy and Cognition Ellen Bialystok)
  • The Bilingual Family: A Handbook for Parents - Edith Harding-Esch, Philip Rile
  • Growing Up with Two Languages: A Practical Guide - Una Cunningham-Andersson, Staffan Andersson
  • Bilingualism (Language in Society) - Suzanne Romaine
  • Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children - Tracey Tokuhama-Espinos
  • A Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Bilingualism (Parents' & Teachers' Guides) - Colin Baker
  • Language, Power and Pedagogy: Bilingual Children in the Crossfire (Bilingual Education & Bilingualism) - Jim Cummins
  • Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (Bilingual Education & Bilingualism S.) - Colin Baker

Other books of interest

  • Life with Two Languages - An Introduction to Bilingualism - Francois Grosjean, 1982, Harvard University Press (ISBN: 0-674-53092-6)
  • Assessing the Needs of Bilingual Pupils: Living in Two Languages (Resource Materials for Teachers) - Deryn Hall, Dominic Griffiths (Editor), Liz Haslam (Editor), Yvonne Wilkin (Editor)
  • Zweisprachige Kindererziehung - Bernd Kiehoefer und Sylvie Jonekeit - Stauffenburg Verlag (ISBN: 3-923-72105-6)

7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child

by Naomi Steiner

The best time to learn a second language is as a child. During childhood, the brain is more receptive to language learning than at any other time in life. Aware that a second language can enrich their children's understanding of other cultures and bring future job opportunities in a world drawn ever closer by globalization, many parents today are motivated to raise their children bilingual. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Life with Two Languages: An Introduction to Bilingualism

by Francois Grosjean

Many people consider bilinguals to be exceptional, yet almost half the world's population speaks more than one language. Bilingualism is found in every country of the world, in every class of society, in all age groups. Life with Two Languages is the first book to provide a complete and authoritative look at the nature of the bilingual experience.

A Parents and Teachers Guide to Bilingualism

by Colin Baker

If you are just starting out and want a general introduction, this is the best book by an academic or expert (who, in fact, is also a parent in a multilingual family). It is very practical, comprehensive and detailed. It is written in the form of questions and answers which are all listed in the contents which means that you can just read the bits that are relevant to you. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Multilinguals are ....?

by Madelena Cruz-Ferreira

This is quite a short book (89 pages) that sets out the common myths or widely held views about multilingualism. The author then uses her specialist knowledge of the field to poke fun and those that are without foundation.

For those who are interested in more depth, it is a bit frustrating that she doesn't give all of the evidence based on the scientific research - but even I must admit that to do so would make the book much less accessible and less fun. The book does not contain practical advice for parents but it will help anyone who is facing a battle convincing others around them (e.g. grandparents, wider families etc) that raising children bilingually is a good idea. It is certainly interesting and is an easy to read introduction to some of the common misconceptions and frequently repeated old wives' tales about this subject.

Assessing the Needs of Bilingual Pupils: Living in Two Languages

by Deryn Hall, Dominic Griffiths, Liz Haslam and Yvonne Wilkin (Resource Materials for Teachers)

Offering ways for teachers to consider why some bilingual pupils are not making progress or are academically underachieving, this book looks at ways of asking questions about the pupil and collecting evidence of both learning and language development. The second edition has been revised and updated in light of the new government legislation and guidance, most significantly, the revised Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs.

Raising a Bilingual Child

by Barbara Zurer Pearson

This book provides parents with information, encouragement, and practical advice for creating a positive bilingual environment. It offers both an overview of why parents should raise their children to speak more than one language and detailed steps parents can take to integrate two languages into their children's daily routine. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Becoming Biliterate: Young Children Learning Different Writing Systems

by Charmian Kenner

An accessible, and inspiring book about children learning to read and write in different languages. The examples used are English children also learning Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Thus covering different alphabets, writing right to left as well as left to right and a character based language. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Raising Bilingual-Biliterate Children in Monolingual Cultures

by Stephen J. Caldas

This book is a longitudinal case study carefully detailing the French/English bilingual and biliterate development of three children in one family beginning with their births and ending in late adolescence. The book focuses most specifically on the children's acquisition of French and English during their early through late adolescence, in both their Louisiana and Quebec home environments. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Bilingual Children: From Birth to Teens

by George Saunders

This is another accessible book that tells the story of one family raising children bilingually in English and German in Australia. It quotes parts of relevant conversations and discusses how the children's views change over time. Although this family is one where neither parent is a native German speaker (George, the father, is actually a German teacher), we feel that it has much to offer any multilingual family and is very inspiring to those just starting out. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Raising Multilingual Children

by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinoza

Evaluates the most recent research in linguistics, neurology, education, and psychology and reinterprets the findings in an easy-to-follow format. Case studies illustrate the many ways families combine ten key factors in order to successfully raise multilingual children. The book encourages parents and teachers to reflect on their personal situations and helps them to foster multilingual skills in the children around them. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Bilingualism

by Suzanne Romaine

Since it was first published in 1989, Suzanne Romaine's book has been recognized as the most authoritative introduction to the sociolinguistics of bilingualism. The new edition has been completely revised to incorporate recent work in this fast developing field. Throughout the book, bilingualism is seen as both a societal and cognitive phenomenon. Professor Romaine explores various aspects of bilingual behavior, such as code switching and language mixing, in terms of neurolinguistic organization in the individual speaker. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Supporting Identity, Diversity and Language in the Early Years

by Iram Siraj-Blatchford and Priscilla Clarke

This book provides the main ingredients for professional development in working with young children in a diverse society. It fills the gap that most early years training neglects, that is, how to work with children in developing a positive disposition towards themselves regardless of their differences. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Growing up with three languages: birth to eleven

by Xiao-Lei Wang

This book is for parents who live in a foreign country and intend to raise their children in their own heritage language(s). It offers helpful suggestions for this challenging situation and provides useful strategies in the daily interactions between parents and children. Available to borrow at the Limes.

The Bilingual Edge

by Kendall King and Alison Mackey

Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language. It's no secret that parents want their children to have the lifelong cultural and intellectual advantages that come from being bilingual. Parents spend millions of dollars every year on classes, computer programs, and toys, all of which promise to help children learn a second language. But many of their best efforts (and investments) end in disappointment. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Growing Up with Two Languages: A Practical Guide

by Una Cunningham-Andersson and Staffan Andersson

This is an easy to read book based on the experience of a Swedish/English family living in Sweden (and written by the parents in this bilingual family). It covers many of the common issues and concerns and the authors talked to a number of other multilingual families so it is not just about one family. Available to borrow at the Limes.

The Bilingual Family

by Edith Harding-Esch and Philip Riley

A handbook for parents who might be considering bringing up their children as bilinguals. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Language Strategies for Bilingual Families

by Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert

This book focuses on the one parent one language/one person one language (OPOL) approach and covers issues that can come up in some detail. It is very practical and offers parents specific advice or options. For example, it is the only book that we are aware of, apart from Colin Baker's see above, that discusses in some detail the implications of the situation where one parent doesn’t understand a language that he other parent is using to speak to the child(ren). Available to borrow at the Limes.

The Bilingualism Reader

by Li Wei

This is a comprehensive collection of the classics in the study of bilingualism. Designed as a structured student reader, it covers: definitions and typology of bilingualism language choice and bilingual interaction grammar of codeswitching and bilingual acquisition the bilingual brain and bilingual production and perception methodological issues in the study of bilingualism. Available to borrow at the Limes.

Language, Power and Pedagogy

by Jim Cummins

As linguistic diversity increases in countries all around the world, policy-makers and educators are faced with complex and conflicting issues regarding appropriate ways of educating a multilingual school population. This volume reviews the research and theory relating to instruction and assessment of bilingual pupils, focusing not only on issues of language learning and teaching but also the ways in which power relations in the wider society affect patterns of teacher-pupil interaction in the classroom. Available to borrow at the Limes.

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