Most of the research on early literacy acquisition is conducted with monolingual children in the English-speaking world who are learning to read and write in their home language. This chapter takes a different perspective and explores the issues faced by children engaging with literacies in their heritage language and in an additional language drawing on insights from the Global North (Scotland) and the Global South (South Africa). The chapter begins by describing the distinctiveness of the Scottish education system and the increasing linguistic diversity that is shaping Scotland’s schools. This is followed by a look at different scholarly frameworks to support the understanding of children’s biliteracy development, with particular attention paid to Hornberger’s Continua of Biliteracy. This includes an examination of the additive bilingual model of Gaelic-medium education (GME). Next, the approaches to teaching reading using alphabetic scripts and reading in two languages is analysed with reference to English and isiXhosa. Finally, the chapter turns to the implications for provision and practices in multilingual contexts.
|Title of host publication||From Words to Ideas|
|Subtitle of host publication||The role of literacy in enhancing young children's development|
|Editors||Vuyokazi Nomlomo, Zubeida Desai, Jean September|
|Place of Publication||Cape Town|
|Publisher||University of the Western Cape/British Council South Africa|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|