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Raising a Bilingual Childby Living Language
Synopses & Reviews
If you would like your children to experience the benefits of becoming bilingual, but you aren’t sure how to teach them a second language, then Raising a Bilingual Child is the perfect step-by-step guide for you.
Raising a Bilingual Child provides parents with information, encouragement, and practical advice for creating a positive bilingual environment. It offers both an overview of why parents should raise their children to speak more than one language and detailed steps parents can take to integrate two languages into their child’s daily routine.
Raising a Bilingual Child also includes inspirational first-hand accounts from parents. It dispels the myth that bilingualism may hinder a child’s academic performance and explains that learning languages at a young age can actually enhance a child’s overall intellectual development.
A helpful handbook for parents who want their children to develop skills in a second language furnishes helpful information and suggestions on how to create a positive bilingual environment by integrating two languages into a child's daily routine. Original.
Teaches parents who want their children to learn a second language how to create a positive bilingual environment by integrating two languages into a child's daily routine.
About the Author
\Barbara Zurer Pearson, Ph.D., is a Research Associate in Linguistics and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics is from
the University of Miami. She has over twenty years of research experience in the fields of language acquisition and bilingualism and did ground-breaking work on bilingual acquisition and assessment with her research group at the
University of Miami. Those studies of bilingual infants and children have been published in the book Language and Literacy in Bilingual Children. Most recently, Barbara Zurer Pearson worked on the Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation (DELV), a project to develop an innovative language assessment for children funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Table of Contents
Introduction — Personal fascination and professional interest — Who is this book for? — Information, encouragement, and practical advice — How to use this book — 1. The benefits of childhood bilingualism — How common is bilingual upbringing? — Advantages of bilingual upbringing : Why did they do it? Why do they like it? — Different types of benefits of bilingual upbringing : for money or for love — How two languages are better than one : support from research — 2. Learning a first language — The child's language-learning equipment : the LAD and the LASS — The steps along the way : from syllables to stories — The timetable for learning a language — LAD versus LASS : how much is nature? How much is nurture? — Things parents can do to help children learn language — 3. Learning two (or more) languages — Different ways of being bilingual — What is it like to be bilingual? — Are children better language learners? — When do you lose the capacity for bilingual first language acquisition or early second language acquisition? — How to learn two languages as easily as one : what makes it possible? — 4. Establishing a bilingual environment — The foundation for a bilingual family — The odds that a child will become bilingual — Factors affecting whether the child becomes bilingual — Organizing your home for bilingual language development — General considerations for bilingual families — Troubleshooting : ways to supplement minority language input — Strategies to promote your child's bilingual language development — Your bilingual goals, evaluating your strengths — 5. How-to testimonials — Selecting your strategy — The classic pattern : one parent-one language (OPOL) — "Elective" bilingualism with OPOL — Minority language in the home (mL@H) — "Time and place"/"accidental bilinguals" — Combinations of strategies — The contribution of schools — The scorecard : evaluating the strategies — Deciding between strategies — Providing motive and opportunity, but how? — A bag of tricks — 6. Are there any children who cannot learn two languages? — Background — What about language impairment? — Questioning the diagnosis — Making the right decision — 7. Research comparing monolinguals and bilinguals — Is bilinguals' language development slower (or faster or neither)? — What's better?: two languages from birth or second language second — What do standardized tests tell us about how bilinguals compare to monolinguals? — 8. About bilingual identity — One culture or two? — Confusion or cornucopia — Frequently asked questions and alternate table of contents — Twelve common myths and misconceptions about bilingual children — Resources — Glossary — References — Index — About the author.
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