How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
The authors explore the experiences of a group of young multicultural, bilingual children and their parents through the beginning of the early years of their school careers. They examine the attempts of teachers to teach creatively within the constraints of a prescribed curriculum, and the meanings the children attached to their learning.