Further reading, listening & watching

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General interest books (for anyone with an interest in languages)

Podcasts on languages and bilingualism

  • Much Language Such Talk – discussions with special guests exploring the benefits, the advantages, the struggles of bilingualism, what it entails, and what it means in the daily life of people who speak, know, and study more than one language. Presented and produced by Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh volunteers.
  • Kletsheads – a podcast about bilingual children for parents, teachers and speech language therapists. Presented by Dr. Sharon Unsworth, a linguist and mother of two bilingual children. In Dutch and English.
  • Accentricity – award-winning podcast about people and how they talk by Dr Sadie Ryan.

Books on raising bilingual children (for parents, carers, and guardians)

Parents can often feel pressured into buying every book on the topic of bilingualism, but for almost all families, one or two of these books will provide sufficient guidance.

Remember that every family is different – no particular book or combination of books will be able to answer every single question that you have. Our advice is to pick one of the following books to provide some general guidance, and supplement it with information from teachers, the internet, and your own experience.

Don’t forget that your local library may be able to order some of these books in for you.

Books on teaching bilingual students and EAL (aimed at teachers and educators)

A quick online search reveals an intimidatingly large number of titles in this field. The NALDIC website has an excellent review section to help you find the right book for you: EAL book reviews.

In our experience, some of the most useful books for non-EAL specialists are:

And for early years practitioners:

Documentary films & series

  • Speaking in Tongues (2009) follows four diverse children in the USA on a journey to become bilingual. Available to stream for US$3.99.
  • Talking Black in America Project (2017) is a documentary series exploring the most controversial and misunderstood language variety in the USA: African American Language (AAL). Now available on YouTube

Academic books on bilingualism and bilingual language processing

The following books provide an overview of our current knowledge into the nature of bilingualism. They are written with a primarily academic audience in mind – thorough, but rather dry.

Academic books on bilingual education

A more “academic” (i.e., less accessible) overview of bilingual education. Mostly written from a US perspective, concentrating on bilingual populations (e.g. English-Hispanic) rather than EAL.

Academic journals

Journals dealing specifically with bilingualism. Most articles require a log in to provide access (either paid, or through an institution such as a university).

Language book shops

Reading is a great way to help your child keep up their bilingualism. The following sites are given for information only and do not represent an endorsement. Remember to ask your local library about non-English language books as well.