By Naomi Steiner MD, Steven Parker M.D., Susan L. Hayes
the easiest time to profit a moment language is as a toddler. in the course of early life, the mind is extra receptive to language studying than at the other time in lifestyles. acutely aware moment language can increase their childвЂ™s figuring out of alternative cultures and convey destiny task possibilities in an international drawn ever nearer by way of globalization, many fogeys this day are influenced to elevate their little ones bilingual.
This e-book is helping mom and dad in either monolingual and multilingual households be certain and attain their bilingual ambitions for his or her baby, no matter if these targets are knowing others, the facility to talk a moment language, examining and/or writing in languages, or a few blend of all of those. The authors clarify how the mind learns a couple of language, explode universal myths, deal with commonly asked questions, and exhibit an array of assets on hand to households. filled with insightful anecdotes and robust thoughts, this can be a different guidebook for these trying to supply their childrens with a uniquely precious event.
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25 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child When the girls reached high school, they were fluent enough to be placed in a class called “Chinese for Native Speakers,” and since then, all three have traveled to China on intensive language instruction courses. Even Jennifer herself eventually studied Mandarin for five years—“in self-defense” as she puts it. Samantha, on the other hand, studied Spanish in high school and college. She developed such a high degree of fluency and love for the language that she became a Spanish teacher.
Some questions to think about as you fill out the worksheet: • What are your roots? Where does your family come from originally? • What do you value about your heritage? • Which languages do you speak, and how does it make you feel when you speak them? • Which languages do members of your family speak? Which languages have previous generations spoken? • Which languages have you been exposed to, and what do you like about them? • Which languages would you like to speak or would you like your child to speak?
If you’re not fluent in English, it’s not only acceptable to speak to your child in your native language, linguists encourage it. In addition to helping your child become fluent in that language, you’ll help him develop higher language skills, which can help him learn English more easily later on. 5. Multilingual families do need to decide on which languages they wish their child to learn and plan to maintain language consistency and ensure a “consolidation” of skills. 6. Choosing a second language that you are going to orchestrate from home does not mean that your child cannot learn a third language later on, for example, at school.
7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child by Naomi Steiner MD, Steven Parker M.D., Susan L. Hayes