"Introducing Multilingualism" is a brand new, comprehensive and user-friendly
introduction to the dynamic field of multilingualism.
Adopting a compelling social and critical approach, Jean-Jacques Weber and
Kristine Horner guide readers through the established theories about
multilingualism. The book covers language as a social construct, language
contact and variation, language and identity and the differences between
individual and societal multilingualism. The authors also provide an
alternative approach to studying multilingualism, introducing innovative
concepts such as flexible multilingualism and literacy bridge in order to
encourage students to critically question dominant discourses on topics such
as integration, heritage and language testing.
This highly practical textbook incorporates a wide range of engaging activities
and encourages students to think critically about important social and
educational issues. Throughout, the theoretical content is explored through a
wide range of case studies from around the world.
Clearly argued and widely applicable, this book is essential reading for
undergraduate students and postgraduate students new to studying