(Re)defining Success in Language Learning Positioning, Participation and Young Emergent Bilinguals at School Author: Katie A. Bernstein

Paperback - 200 pages
Related Formats:
Hardback PDF EPUB
31 Aug 2020
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156


This book follows four emergent bilingual students in an English-medium pre-kindergarten in the US and examines how studentsí differing social positions in the classroom shaped their participation in interaction and, thus, their English language learning across a school year. With a unique focus on both processes and outcomes, the book highlights language strategies that are often overlooked if the focus is solely on one language or on group participation, and it emphasizes the importance of assessment choice in shaping which learners appear to be successful. It is a powerful argument for recognising the translingual and multimodal abilities of learners, even in education which is officially English-medium and monolingual.

Author Biography:

Katie A. Bernstein is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and English Language Learner Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, USA. Her research focuses on the language and literacy learning of multilingual children and the contexts in which their learning takes place.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

Book Preview