With school curricula in Anglophone countries typically supporting anglo-centric, monolingual literacy practices (New London Group, 1996), families feel often isolated in their endeavours to facilitate heritage language development, and indicate that the lack of resources is a key issue for them (Little, 2019). This talk explains why heritage language development is important, and how everyday school literacy practices can be adapted to include multilingualism. We will also touch on a few insights from the Multilingual Children’s Library (the work on which won the Brenda Eastwood Award in 2019), and explain ways in which this model can be adopted in schools.
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