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Becoming Bilingual Readers
Identity, Translanguaging, and Biographic Biliteracy Profiles

ISBN 9780367492090
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
134 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Building on Bobbie Kabuto’s groundbreaking 2010 book Becoming Biliterate, this book explores how identity impacts the development of bilingual readers and how reading practices are mediated by family and community contexts. Highlighting bilingual readers from Spanish, Greek, Japanese, and English language backgrounds, Kabuto offers an in-depth, interdisciplinary analysis of these readers’ behaviors and identities through the original approach of Biographic Biliteracy Profiles.

The Profiles serve as a culturally relevant assessment tool for developing meaningful narratives and can reveal how bilingual readers make sense of texts in the context of their home and school environments. An ideal approach for unpacking the complexity of bilingual reading behaviors and how they change across time, the Profiles allow readers to explore what a bilingual reader’s identity means to becoming biliterate; the roles of code-switching and translanguaging; the influences of readers’ families and communities; and how they all interact and shape readers’ identities, behaviors, and meaning-making.

Offering practical applications on observing and documenting bilingual readers, this book is an invaluable resource for scholars and students in courses on bilingualism, L2/ESL reading, and multilingualism.

Table of Contents

(Re)Introduction to Becoming Biliterate

Chapter 1: Culturally Relevant Assessment Practices for Linguistically Diverse Readers

Chapter 2: Laying the Groundwork for Biographic Biliteracy Profiles

Chapter 3: Profiles of Reading in a Translanguaging Context

Chapter 4: Profiles of Code-Switching in a Translanguaging Context

Chapter 5: Profiles of Bilingual Reading Identities and Abilities

Chapter 6: Biographic Biliteracy Profiles: Implications for Creating Culturally Relevant Assessment Practices

Appendix A

Appendix B

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Bobbie Kabuto is Professor of Literacy Education and Department Chair of the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department at Queens College, City University of New York, USA.