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

By Colin Baker

During this available advisor to bilingualism within the kinfolk and the study room, Colin Baker grants a practical photo of the fun and problems of elevating bilingual young ones. The Q&A layout of this e-book makes it the typical selection for the busy guardian or instructor who wishes a simple reference advisor to the main commonly asked questions. This revised variation comprises additional info on bilingualism within the electronic age, and comprises the newest examine in components equivalent to neonatal language adventure, multilingualism, language blending and the impression that siblings have on kinfolk language selection.

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Alternatively, they will be able to communicate with parents in one language and with their friends and in the community in a different language. For many mothers and fathers, it is important for them to be able to speak to the child in their first language. Many parents can only communicate with full intimacy, naturally and expressively in their first (or preferred or dominant) language. A child who speaks to one parent in one language and the other parent in another language may be enabling a maximally close relationship with the parents.

Is this caused by bilingualism? g. learning difficulty, language disorder, emotional problem). Should we change to speaking one language to the child rather than two languages? What language should I speak to my child? 97 Page viii C15 My child stutters. Is this caused by bilingualism? 101 C16 People make fun of our speaking a minority language. How should I react? 103 C17 People around me are prejudiced and racist. Should we as a family switch to speaking only the majority language? 104 C18 I'm a recent in-migrant to a country.

The book deals with family questions, educational questions, language issues and particularly focuses on problems that arise. Such questions reflect central issues that people regularly meet in deciding about bilingualism in the home. Important questions about advantages and disadvantages, schemes and strategies of language development are posed. The answers to the questions will raise awareness of what challenges may be faced as bilingual family life develops and what decisions may have to be made.

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