By Colin Baker
During this obtainable advisor to bilingualism within the family members and the study room, Colin Baker promises a practical photograph of the thrill and problems of elevating bilingual kids. The Q&A layout of this publication makes it the average selection for the busy mum or dad or instructor who wishes a simple reference consultant to the main commonly asked questions. This revised version contains additional information on bilingualism within the electronic age, and accommodates the newest learn in parts resembling neonatal language adventure, multilingualism, language blending and the impact that siblings have on kin language selection.
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Extra resources for A parents' and teachers' guide to bilingualism
In families where bilingualism seems more of a challenge than cloudless sunshine, language engineering is important. Careful decisions about family language planning need making. How can the language menu of the family be arranged to create the conditions for the long-term growth of bilingualism? This does not mean equal amounts of stimulation in each language. It is impossible to achieve a perfect balance in exposure to both languages. The minority language may need stimulating more in the home to counteract the dominance of the majority language outside the home.
A2 Are Some Families Better Placed Than Others to Produce Bilingual Children? Some parents choose bilingualism for their children. For many other parents, bilingualism is automatic. In bilingual and multilingual communities, monolingualism is unusual, even peculiar. In such communities, children and adults need two or more languages to operate daily and successfully. In locations where bilingualism is the norm, families are well placed to raise bilingual children. Irrespective of the type of community in which the family is placed, for a child to become fully bilingual there needs to be plenty of stimulating language experience (listening and speaking, and reading and writing) in both languages.
Within any language, there is a kaleidoscope of cultures. Monolinguals may be able to experience the periphery of the kaleidoscope of a different culture. To experience fully the inner colors and excitement of the kaleidoscope of culture of a language requires a knowledge of that language. Apart from social, cultural, economic, personal relationship and communication advantages, research has shown that bilinguals have the chance of particular advantages in thinking. g. 'kitchen' in English and 'cuisine' in French).