chapter  29
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Second Language Literacy

ByLEE GUNDERSON, DENNIS MURPHY ODO, AND REGINALD D’SILVA,

Learning to read and write is viewed as a key to success in many local, national, and international societies (Gunderson, 2007, 2009) and success is often related to learning second language literacy (L2L) skills. The terms literacy, multiliteracies, second language (L2), and L2L are defined. A review of the number of first and second languages in the world is presented. A brief overview of L2L in China, India, Africa, North and South America, and Europe is given. Non-standard views of L2L are presented such as digital and programing code as L2L. It is concluded that L2L is a vast and complex issue that has not been fully addressed in the literature.