University of Bath

It is all in the eye of the beholder: are writings in single and multi-alphabet readable?

In this seminar, Anat Stavans will make the case for the need to recognise the cognitive gains for minority-language children who are becoming multiliterate.

20 Mar 20184.30pm
to
20 Mar 20186.00pm
Free
Cards with letters written on them
Monolingual as opposed to multilingual representations may be an asset or a hindrance to children’s multiliteracy development

In this external seminar, Professor Anat Stavans discusses the potential sensitivity that young pre-reading and writing children in Central Israel (from a low-middle class area with predominantly Ethiopian immigrant population) have to different alphabets or alphabet mixes.

The aim of the talk is to highlight the contribution of multiliteracy to the sensitivity towards alphabets, focusing on how monolingual as opposed to multilingual representations may be an asset or a hindrance to children’s multiliteracy development. More specifically, Anat will make the case for the need to recognise the cognitive gains for minority-language children who are becoming multiliterate. She will argue that more provisions for this important area of learning and acquisition must be made at the formal and informal educational frameworks.