Multilingual Literacy

Edited by: Esther Odilia Breuer, Eva Lindgren, Anat Stavans, Elke Van Steendam

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Multilingual Matters
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This book investigates multilingual literacy practices, explores the technology applied in different educational frameworks, the centrality of multilingual literacy in non-formal, informal and formal educational contexts, as well as its presence in everyday life. Thematically clustered in four parts, the chapters present an overview of theory related to multilingual literacy, address the methodological challenges of research in the area, describe and evaluate projects set up to foster multilingual literacy in a variety of educational contexts, analyze the literacy practices of multilinguals and their contribution to language and literacy acquisition. This volume aims to initiate a change in paradigms, shifting from structured and conservative problematizations to inclusive and diverse conceptualizations and practices. To that end, the book showcases explorations of different methodologies and needs in formal and non-formal educational systems; and it serves as a springboard for developing multivocal participatory spaces with opportunities for learning and identity-building for all multilinguals, across different settings, languages, ages and contexts.

This book is a welcome addition to multilingual literacy studies in which theorizing, research, and implications for practice are intertwined in innovative ways. Readers will find a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives, and a wealth of novel insights on the acquisition and teaching of literacy by multilinguals of different ages, for different purposes, in diverse formal and informal contexts.

Rosa M. Manchón, University of Murcia, Spain

This scholarly volume comes from the core of the European Literacy Network and brings positive and insightful research news. It shows at length that multilingual literacy is the way to harness the tremendous advantages of diversity in languages, cultures and literacies. A must-read for all researchers and practitioners willing to understand and promote multilingual literacies.

Rui A. Alves, University of Porto, Portugal

This volume, co-edited by four leading international specialists, with its accessible style, broad coverage, and theoretical and practical focus, is essential reading for newcomers and established scholars in the field of multilingualism and multiliteracy. 

LINGUIST List 32.2039

Esther Odilia Breuer is Head of the Centre for Writing Competency at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Eva Lindgren is Professor of Language Teaching and Learning at Umeå University, Sweden.

Anat Stavans is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics in the English Language and Literature Department at Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba, Israel.

Elke Van Steendam is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Arts Department of KULeuven, Belgium.


  1. Esther Odilia Breuer and Elke Van Steendam: Multiple Approaches to Understanding and Working with Multilingual (Multi-)Literacy

Part 1: Issues, Methods and Insights into Multilingual Literacy

  1. Tiane Donahue: Linguistic and Social Diversity, Literacy and Access to Higher Education
  2. Monika Angela Budde and Franziska Prüsmann: Studying the Learning of Immigrant Students with Limited German: A Proposal for Developing and Applying an Instrument for Selecting Suitable Research Participants
  3. Annika Norlund Shaswar: "I Should Really Interpret Word by Word for You": Researcher, Interpreter and Interviewee Negotiating Roles, Responsibilities, and Meanings in Two Multilingual Literacy Research Interviews

Part 2: Formal Education Framework: Multilingual Literacy in Classroom Practices

  1. Ulrike Jessner, Emese Malzer-Papp, Elisabeth Allgäuer-Hackl: Paving a New Way to Literacy Development in Multilingual Children: A DMM Perspective
  2. Malgorzata Machowska-Kosciak: "He Just Does Not Write Enough For It"- Literacy Practices Among Polish Adolescents in Ireland
  3. Åsa Wedin: Construction of Identities in Diverse Classrooms: Writing Identity Texts in Grade Five

Part 3: Formal Education Framework: Technology-Driven Multilingual Literacy in School

  1. Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer: Developing Multiliteracies in Online Multilingual Interactions: The Example of Chat-Room Conversations in Romance Languages
  2. Claudine Kirsch: Promoting Multilingualism and Multiliteracies through Storytelling: A Case Study on the Use of the App iTEO in Preschools in Luxembourg

Part 4: Non-Formal Education: Multilingual Literacy at Home, in the Community and in Cyberspace

  1. Deborah Bergman Deitcher, Helen Johnson, Dorit Aram: Multilingual Preschoolers' Word Learning from Parent-Child Shared Reading of Informational and Narrative Books
  2. Anat Stavans, Maya Tahar Eden and Lior Azar: Multilingual Literacy: The Use of Emojis in Written Communication
  3. Anat Stavans and Eva Lindgren: Building the Multilingual Literacy Bridge


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