Monthly Archives: September 2011

the child has to learn to function as a bilingual

“the child has to learn to function as a bilingual—that is, learn also the rules governing code-switching from one language to another in order to function in her bilingual community.” (Macrory (2006), pp162-163) Advertisements

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Some kids are missing out

http://www.speakup.org.nz   NZEI’s ‘speak up for education’ campaign: check it out!!!

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Reading may be harmful to your kids…

No, I’m not actually being contrary, this comment is in reference to the merchandising of media characters through quick, cheap, made-to-sell books… Susan Gregory Thomas explores this in her book Buy, Buy, Baby.  She writes: “‘Reading,’ wrote the journalist Tom … Continue reading

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language may invite us to unite but it does not compel us to do so

”As Ernest Renan has argued, language may well be a factor in national identity but it is certainly not the only one, nor is it even essential: ‘language may invite us to unite but it does not compel us to … Continue reading

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Language, multilingualism, neighbours and peace…

Joseph Poth, head of UNESCO’s Languages Division considers language policy and the culture of peace to be “directly connected.” (Poth (2008), p29) He states that “UNESCO’s language policy replaces the standard idea of a “foreign” language with the notion of … Continue reading

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Early childhood settings that support bilingual children…

“Early childhood settings that support and extend the multiple literacies of bilingual children have the following features. Educators are knowledgeable about the different print conventions of the languages represented at the setting. Educators acknowledge and are sensitive to the power … Continue reading

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We need to extend beyond the linear ’emergent literacy’ approaches

“As educators, we need to extend beyond the ‘emergent literacy’ approaches, which categorise literacy actions and dispositions into linear developmental phases, and in which the analogy of a single ‘pathway’ or ‘journey’ is often used to describe literacy achievements.  A … Continue reading

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Multilingualism is the norm!!!

“There are many more multilingual than monolingual individuals in the world, with up to six thousand languages spoken world-wide…. …In many multicultural communities within Australia and New Zealand, the use of literacies other than English takes on functional and everyday … Continue reading

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References

These are just some references I may be referring to incompletely… Cullen, J. (2002). The social and cultural contexts of early literacy: Making the links between homes, centers and schools.  In P. Adams, & H. Ryan (Eds.), Learning to Read … Continue reading

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Children who love words will use them

Mem Fox states that: “Children who love words will use them (treat them with wonder and fun and expression).  Children who love the sound of words will understand them better later when trying to read and write themselves.” (www.memfox.net) “The … Continue reading

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