Multilingual Story time: An event for Reading parents and children

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We had a wonderful time at the Multilingual Story time event run by Bilingualism Matters at Reading as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science in November at Reading Central Library Story tellers read stories to pre-school children and their families in eight of the most commonly spoken languages in Reading: Portuguese, Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Chinese, French, German and Polish. We had a wonderful response and local families could enjoy hearing stories in their home language as well as meeting other local families who share their home language.  University of Reading academics Holly Joseph and Naomi Flynn answered questions to any parents interested in the benefits of reading to a child in their home language. Hopefully this will be the first of many similar events that involve the local community and promote multilingualism.

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