About the project
This project, funded by the ESRC, examines the effects of bilingual learning for second and third generation Bangladeshi British children from Years 2, 4 and 6 in two East London primary schools. Children were observed learning their mother tongue in community language class.
The research team then worked with community language teachers, mainstream teachers and bilingual assistants to develop bilingual activities as part of the primary school curriculum. Findings show the cognitive and cultural benefits gained by children when they have the opportunity to use their full language repertoire within the mainstream curriculum.
- Bilingual Learning summary report (PDF download)
- Bilingual Learning full report (PDF download)
- Bilingual poetry (PDF download)
- Transliteration as a Bridge to Learning (PDF download)
- Bilingual classes ‘raise results’, BBC News Channel, March 15 2007
- Bilingualism strengthens cognitive development, European Commission Research, April 5 2007
Project Director: Dr Charmian Kenner