Bilingualism in London

A few books and articles are of particular relevance to Multilingual Capital. Our initiative shares its name with Baker and Eversley’s (2000) volume, which represents the most comprehensive study of home language diversity among London schoolchildren to date, with an updated analysis in Eversley et al (2008).

  • Baker, P and Eversley, J (eds.) 2000. Multilingual Capital: The Languages of London’s School Children and their Relevance to Economic, Social and Educational PoliciesLondon: Battlebridge Publications.
  • Eversley, J; Mehmedbegovic, D; Sanderson, A; Tinsley, T; von Ahn, M; and Wiggins, RD (2010) Language Capital – Mapping the languages of London’s schoolchildren London: CILT.

Further information is available in our archived blog on Bilingualism and Multilingualism.

Interactive Activity on Bilingualism

The two documents provided here can be used as a unit for a 1-2 hour workshop on ‘fact and fiction’ about bilingualism. This might be useful to teachers or community language groups. Part 1 lists a set of questions for discussion, and Part 2 provides research-based information for each discussion question.

Speaking Two Languages – Teaching Activity (PART 1)

Speaking Two Languages – Teaching Activity (PART 2)

Books on bilingualism for parents and communities

Baker, Colin. 2000. A Parent’s And Teacher’s Guide To Bilingualism. 2nd edition, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Cunningham-Andersson, Una, and Staffan Andersson, 1999. Growing Up with Two Languages: A Practical Guide.  London: Routledge.

Harding-Esch, Edith, and Philip Riley. 2003. The Bilingual Family: A Handbook for Parents. (2nd edition) Cambridge University Press.

Pearson, Barbara Zurer. 2008. Raising a Bilingual Child. Living Language.

Smidt, Sandra. 2008. Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Early Years: Many Languages – Many Children. London: Nursery World / Routledge.

Thompson, Linda. 1999. Young Bilingual Learners in Nursery School. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

Xiao-Lei Wang. 2008. Growing up with three languages. Birth to Eleven. Multilingualism Matters.