Learning to Read in a New Language: Making Sense of Words and Worlds

Building upon the ideas proposed in Making Sense of a New World, this Second Edition widens its scope, arguing that policies designed for ‘monolingual minds’ be limited, while those favoring methodologies which put plurilingualism in the centre of initial literacy tuition are promoted. This book offers a practical reading program -- an ‘Inside-Out’ (starting from experience) and ‘Outside-In’ (starting from literature) approach to teaching which can be used with individuals, small groups, and whole classes. It uses current sociocultural theory, while drawing on examples of children from a variety of different countries who are engaged in learning to read nursery rhymes and songs, storybooks, letters, the Bible, and the Qur’an, in languages they do not speak fluently.

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