"Building Bridges" extends the debate on resources in multilingual classrooms in new directions. It focuses on the languages other than English that are most commonly spoken by British school children - Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu; and it looks at ways in which decisions about langauge, typography, production and design affect both readability and status. A number of themes run through the book: the value of diversity for all children in all schools; the importance of creating an atmosphere which supports the use of spoken and written resources in other languages; the need to recognize status issues associated with the design and production of resources; the fact that children are more perceptive users of materials than they are generally given credit for; and the potential of multilingual resources for building bridges between monolinguals and bilinguals, between home and school.
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