Read Writ (2010) 23:263–267 DOI 10.1007/s11145-009-9208-4 Acquiring reading in two languages: an introduction to the special issue Elinor Saiegh-Haddad Esther Geva Published online: 13 October 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009 The concurrent acquisition of reading in more than one language has become a prevalent reality in many parts of the world and for an increasing number of children across the globe. This is due to the rapid expansion of societal bilingualism—the byproduct of economically motivated immigration and the pluralistic composition of certain regions. The dissemination of English as the world’s second language and the mostly learnt foreign language across the world has also contributed to the more or less simultaneous acquisition of reading in the indigenous language as well as in English. Added are inherently multilingual countries, like Luxembourg and many other European countries, where the concurrent acquisition of reading in multiple languages is an ordinary school enterprise. Such a widespread phenomenon warrants an in-depth analysis and understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the process of biliteracy acquisition. Despite the pervasiveness of biliteracy as a linguistic reality of an increasing number of educational systems and a growing number of children, research into the simultaneous acquisition of reading in
Reading and Writing – Springer Journals
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