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Portuguese teens invited to learn more about their heritage through literacy

PUBLISHED: 10:02 15 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:02 15 November 2019

Teenagers are invited to learn more about their heritage. Picture: Getty Images

Teenagers are invited to learn more about their heritage. Picture: Getty Images

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Teenagers who do not speak English as a first language have the opportunity to learn more about their heritage.

The UK's first Portuguese bilingual reading session has been launched in Thetford Library to engage teens to engage with their cultural heritage through Portuguese literacy.

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Called Em Voz Alta, it is running for five weeks every Monday from 4pm. The sessions are informal and young people are asked to help shape the programme over its course.

Elena Traina, community librarian for reading and culture at Norfolk Libraries, said: "We associate reading aloud with our childhood however as we grow up and learn to read by ourselves, we take the habit of practicing reading as a private activity.

"Shared Reading does all that, but also adds that element of company and shared experience that as solitary readers we have lost over the years."

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