This book is a guide for parents who wish to raise children with more than one language and literacy. Drawing on interdisciplinary research, as well as the experiences of parents of multilingual children, this book walks parents through the multilingual reading and writing process from infancy to adolescence. It identifies essential literacy skills at each developmental stage and proposes effective strategies that facilitate multiliteracy, in particular, heritage-language literacy development in the home environment. This book can also be used as a reference for teachers who teach in community heritage language schools and in school heritage (or foreign) language programmes.
Xiao-lei Wang is Professor and Acting Dean of the School of Education at Pace University, USA. She is the author of Growing up with Three Languages: Birth to Eleven (Multilingual Matters, 2008) and Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family (Multilingual Matters, 2011). She is a regular speaker on child development and parenting at local, national and international parents' associations and academic conferences.
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Understanding the Multilingual Reading and Writing Process Chapter 3: The Importance of Active Planning Chapter 4: Infancy and Early Childhood (Birth-5 Years) Chapter 5: Middle Childhood (6 -11 Years) Chapter 6: Adolescence (12 -18 Years) Chapter 7: Parents' Practices, Voices, and Concluding Remarks