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Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children [Hardcover]

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
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30 Oct 2000 0897897501 978-0897897501
Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children elucidates how children learn foreign languages and when they can do so with the best results. The most recent studies in linguistics, neurology, education, and psychology are evaluated and the findings are presented in a recipe format. Parents and teachers are encouraged to bake their own and evaluate the multilingual children in their lives with the use of tools which include a family language profile and family language goals worksheet. Beginning with the Ingredients of Timing, (or the Windows of Opportunity,) and Aptitude, the book goes on to include the Baking Instructions of Motivation, Strategy, and Consistency. This is followed by Kitchen Design, or the role of the language learning environment which includes the child's Opportunity to use the languages being learned, the Linguistic Relationship between the child's languages, and the possible influence of Siblings. Plumbing and Electricity round out the ten key factors in raising multilingual children by discussing the possible role of Gender and Hand-Use, and our understanding of the multilingual brain at present. Chef and Chef's Assistants addresses the vital roles of teachers and schools in a child's foreign language development. A Mess in the Kitchen discusses problem situations related to foreign language learning, and offers a variety of resources to address such issues.

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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers (30 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897897501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897897501
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Raising Multilingual Children is a brilliantly written introduction to the possibilities of promoting children's language skills in the family, especially in multilingual settings. This book can be warmly recommended as being one of the rare examples of concrete, well-structured help for parents, teachers, and caregivers who are facing the challenge of encouraging bilingual and multilingual development in real life.' It is particularly valuable and convincing because it blends sound knowledge about the psychological, linguistic, and social dimensions of language learning, reflexive personal experience, with a refreshing and enthusiastic approach to the issues. All this is presented in a witty style, so mouth-watering that hardly any reader will resist trying out the concept."-Cristina Allemann-Ghionda Professor of Education University of Cologne, Germany

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If you buy just one book on this topic........
This book is about how children learn foreign languages, and when they do so with the best results. But it isn't a personal commentary, nor a stuffy study. While my background is in International Education from Harvard, Raising Multilingual Children was meant to be by a parent and a teacher, for other parents and teachers. In my research I found so many valuable studies which were inaccessible to the average reader because of their technical nature, so I wrote a book that you and I would find entertaining, as well as informative.

Each child is unique. Many books would have you believe there is "the" way to raise a child bilingually/multilingually. What I discovered in my review of hundreds of studies in neurology, linguistics, education and psychology, however, is that they yield just ten specific theory areas. And each of the ten is important to the individual learner. Each person combines the ten key factors of 1.Timing, 2.Aptitude, 3.Motivation, 4.Strategy, 5.Consistency, 6.Opportunity for Use, 7.the Linguistic Relationship between the Languages, 8.Siblings, 9.Gender 10.Hand-Use, (as it reflects cerebral dominance) differently. This book helps you discover your own personal recipe, how to make the most of what ingredients you do have, and how to substitute for those that are lacking.

Bon appétit! And good luck in your foreign language endeavor.

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Before my first child was born I searched the local bookstores, picked the brains of friends with bilingual children, and scoured many a university library for information about raising children in a multilingual environment. Read the first page
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An very good overview 22 Sep 2002
This is a very good book for anyone interested in raising his or her children in a multilingual environment. Tracey has identified 10 key factors (Windows of opportunity, Aptitude, Motivation, Strategy, Consistency, Opportunity and support, Relationship between the first and second language, Siblings, Gender and Hand use) which will influence highly the outcome of raising your multilingual child. Although some factors cannot be changed, others like strategy, motivation or consistencies are depending on parents' will and involvement. The book is filled with examples of multilingual families and the problems they had to face. If I had to give an advice to any family facing multilingual environments is: BE NATURAL, a newly born child does not make difference between a monolingual or a multilingual environment, he will naturally adapt to what he is facing and secondly be CONSISTENT with your strategy. Tracey knows what she talks about because she is herself raising her children multilingual. However it must be stated that this book is only about linguistic and how to be successfull in raising multilingual children. It does not approach themes link to the psychology and self-identity of multilingual (and often multicultural) children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ANSWER TO MANY QUESTIONS 24 Nov 2000
Have you been searching for a comprehensive guide to raising children in a multilingual (or multicultural) environment? Look no further. I am an American mother of two small children, whose father is Italian, and we are living in French-speaking Switzerland. I have seached high and low for a book on how to raise my children with these 3 languages, but they are often written for scientists and doctors, whereas RAISING MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN is written by an educated mother in such a way that I can follow it easily, with interest, and find that at the same time am educating myself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helping your child to become European 19 Nov 2000
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I can highly recommend this book to anyone bringing up or teaching children in a multilingual environment. The book answers many questions with scientifically validated facts. Whilst leaving room for individual interpretation, the book provides descriptions of the various stages of a child's linguistic development and key indicators of skill level which the parent or teacher should be able to identify. Despite being packed with facts and information, the book is entertaining to read and uses everyday language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 9 July 2010
By Uriel
This book has a few important points to make about raising multilingual children, though not a lot of those, so I would tell people to get it from their libraries rather than buying it.
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