Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family

On Thursday, April 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Dr. Xiao-lei Wang will give a talk on her new book, Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family,
at Mortola Library, Pace University, Pleasantville.

Dr. Xiao-lei Wang is a tenured, full Professor of Education at Pace University.

“How do I teach my child to read and write in our minority languages? Most parents raising multilingual children find themselves asking this question at one point or another. Here is a book chock full with practical advice to help us on this quest! The book offers a wide palette of strategies, ideas, practical activities, reading lists, and real-life examples of how other families did it. The ultimate aim is to help parents develop and implement a literacy plan that meets the needs of their personal multilingual situation. The author covers all ages, from infancy to early and middle childhood to adolescence. In short: there is something in there for everyone!” Alice Lapuerta, mother of three trilingual children, and former editor of Multilingual Living Magazine

“Dr. Wang has taken us on a wondrous journey into the challenges and rewards of developing literacy in reading and writing in more than one language. With her prolific research and international network, Dr. Wang has demonstrated how children can become multi-literate and expand their capabilities and understanding of the world. Intended to

encourage and support multi-lingual families, whose children are growing up in non-heritage language environments, this book reaches beyond heritage speakers. Dr. Wang has written a book to be read by all those who want to take that exciting leap to develop proficiency not only in speaking, but in reading and writing in more than one language.” Joan S. Kass, Pace University, School of Education, Formerly Coordinator of Languages and Secondary ESOL, White Plains Public Schools

“This excellent book draws on the latest research to explain how multilingual literacy learning can be fostered at different ages from early childhood to adolescence. Parents will discover how to work together with their child to devise a range of creative activities that bring literacy alive through games, role play, literature and multimedia. The author shows that literacy development in more than one language is intellectually challenging and expands children's cultural knowledge, thus enhancing their learning. Real-life examples from families around the world stimulate the reader's thinking throughout.”

 Dr Charmian Kenner, Goldsmiths, University of London


 The event is free and is sponsored by Mortola Library of Pace University, Pleasantville, New York. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Harriet Huang