A parents' and teachers' guide to bilingualism by Colin Baker

By Colin Baker

During this available advisor to bilingualism within the family members and the study room, Colin Baker promises a pragmatic photograph of the thrill and problems of elevating bilingual childrens. The Q&A structure of this e-book makes it the common selection for the busy guardian or instructor who wishes a simple reference advisor to the main commonly asked questions. This revised variation contains additional info on bilingualism within the electronic age, and contains the most recent study in components corresponding to neonatal language event, multilingualism, language blending and the impact that siblings have on family members language selection.

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Types of Family Bilingualism Bilingual families and parents raising bilingual children are constantly referred to in this book. However, the language abilities of mother and father, the availability of language practice with the extended family, the nature of the local language community or region creates a wide variety of bilingual families. Bilingual families include many different combinations of answers to the following questions: (1) What language(s) does the mother speak to the child? (2) What language(s) does the father speak to the child?

In the indigenous minority language situation in Wales, among Asian, Turkish and Greek language minority parents in England, with several Spanish-English families in the United States, and with parents raising their children in two and sometimes three European languages, experiences have been shared and ideas swapped. This book has been informed by observing, listening and talking to parents in different bilingual situations. The Style of the Book Readers need to be aware that the style and approach are different from an academic text book.

Where bilingualism is more difficult to achieve in particular family situations, a well thought out plan of action is needed. It is important for parents to talk about their child's language development not only before, or as soon as the child is born, but also for constant discussion and monitoring to occur. Bilingualism will flourish even in difficult circumstances when there is a plan of how, when and where a child will be exposed to both languages to ensure both languages develop well. When a child has insufficient experience in listening and speaking a language, miracles of bilingual development will not occur.

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