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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MULTILINGUALISM Celebrating linguistic diversity everywhere FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN 8 QUOTES Multilingualism has become a reality or an ambition for societies and educational systems in many countries. Often policy and practice have to play catch up with this emerging trend. Here are 8 selected quotes about the role of home languages in children's development and learning. With growing numbers of language learner students in schools around the world, we can no longer sit complacently and ignore the much-needed shifts in knowledge and practice. All learning in schools is mediated through language, and students who do not have full access to the school language are at a disadvantage to their native-speaker peers. There are many ways to integrate knowledge of and about home languages in our schools that respond to the evidence base on the role of students' first languages in education. It is axiomatic that children learn best in a language that they know well. The role of education is the continued development of cognitive development and content development. When students do not understand the content, they cannot access learning. Languagestandsatthecenterofthemanyindependentcognitive,affective,andsocialfactors thatshapelearning. (Corson, 1999, p. 88) 1 Themostvaluablelearningtoolchildrenhaveisthelanguagetheyalreadyknow. (Lightbown, P., in Chalmers, 2019, p. 8) 2 QUICK TIP: If you are working with a student who is literate in their own language, have them learn about a new topic in their own language first. If they have some familiarlity with the content, the new language will be easier to access. Browse a selection of over 60 articles published by Wiley on multilingualism bit.ly/multilingual20

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