Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children

Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children

Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children

Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children

Synopsis

Evaluates the most recent research in linguistics, neurology, education, and psychology and reinterprets the findings in an easy-to-follow format. Case studies illustrate the many ways families combine ten key factors in order to successfully raise multilingual children. The book encourages parents and teachers to reflect on their personal situations and helps them to foster multilingual skills in the children around them.

Excerpt

Before my first child was born I searched the local bookstores, picked the brains of friends with bilingual children, and scoured many a university library for information about raising children in a multilingual environment. My husband's first language is Spanish and mine is English, and I wanted to know the “secret” of successful bilingualism. I spoke about this issue with a great number of parents, pediatricians, and colleagues in Ecuador, Japan, Switzerland, France, and the United States and found different angles on this intriguing but often divisive issue of child development. In discussing bilingualism, the only common thread in many cases was the passion with which everyone would share their opinions on the subject. Aiding children to reach proficiency in two or more languages is an amazing mental feat; getting two families to agree on the right method is perhaps even more of a challenge. Many formulas seemed to work, but then again, there were so many different levels of proficiency in the children I observed that I began wondering about their true “success” as bilinguals. So I turned to more scholarly sources of information.

Each time I entered a new library I would typically begin my search in the “education” section where I found a good number of books about attempts at bilingual education in the schools, but not with respect to the parents' role. I would move on to my second academic . . .

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