Bilingualism: Cultural Influences, Global Perspectives and Advantages/Disadvantages


Carroll E. Wilson (Editor)

Series: Languages and Linguistics
BISAC: LAN009050

This book focuses on the cultural influences of bilingualism, as well as global perspectives, and the advantages and disadvantages of being bilingual. Chapter One discusses the Letter of Aristeas. Chapter Two discusses various aspects bridging the issues of culture implementation during a planned school course of English as a global language (EGL). Chapter Three discusses the future direction of studies related to the application of the testing effect and retrieval practice in foreign language learning. Chapter Four reports findings from a study that examined whether there would be significant differences on oral narrative retelling among kindergarten, first, and second grade Spanish-English bilingual children in U.S. schools. Chapter Five highlights some of the issues related to the concept and practice of ‘translanguaging’ as proposed by Baker (2011) and Garcia (2012) within the broader context of language contact. Chapter Six records the bilingual immigrant students’ views on their L1 development and use and their attitudes towards home language and culture; and the majority students’ views on the linguistic and cultural identities of their immigrant classmates. Chapter Seven investigates the association between levels of language proficiency and levels of bilingualism and performance on verbal and visual-spatial working memory tasks in young monolinguals and bilinguals 9-year old children in South Africa. Chapter Eight analyzes the grammar knowledge and use of second-generation Spanish/English bilinguals in South Florida. The final chapter reviews recent studies on extensive reading focusing on EFL settings such as Japan and China. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Alexandria and the Law of Moses
Giuseppe Solaro (Universit¨¤ degli Studi di Foggia – Italy)

Chapter 2. The Issues of Culture in Planned School-Centered Global English Implementation
Krzysztof Polok (University of Zilina, Slovakia)

Chapter 3. A Smart Method for Becoming Bilingual in a Foreign Language Learning Context: Recent Developments in use of the Testing Effect in Foreign Language Learning
Satoru Yokoyama and Katsuhiro Chiba (Chiba Institute of Science, Choshi, Japan, and others)

Chapter 4. Oral Narrative Performance among Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Heritage Spanish-English Bilingual Children
Audrey Lucero (University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA)

Chapter 5. Beyond Language Borders to Translanguaging within and Outside the Educational Context
Roula Tsokalidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Chapter 6. Bilingual Immigrant Students’ Linguistic and Cultural Identity Construction: Perspectives from Minority and Majority Students in the Greek Educational Context
Eleni Griva, Anastasia G. Stamou and Spyros Bouras (University of Western Macedonia, Greece)

Chapter 7. The Effects of Bilingualism on Working Memory in Monolingual and Bilingual Children in South Africa
Diana Soares De Sousa (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Chapter 8. Grammatical Knowledge in Second-Generation Spanish/English Bilinguals
Alfredo Ardila, Yahaira Concepci¨®n, Heidi D¨ªaz, Juana Guti¨¦rrez, and Adriana Montoya (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA)

Chapter 9. How does Extensive Reading affect L2 Proficiency?: A Review of Recent Studies on Extensive Reading effects on Reading and Listening Ability in EFL Settings
Katsuhiro Chiba and Satoru Yokoyama (Bunkyo University, Japan, and others)


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