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The Bilingual Family: A Handbook for Parents [Kindle Edition]

Edith Harding-Esch
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'… the material is well-organised and easy to read and the common-sense advice from parents who have been through it all themselves - makes this book recommended reading for bilingual families everywhere.' The Japan Times

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First published in 1986, The Bilingual Family has provided thousands of parents with the information and advice they need to make informed decisions about what language policy to adopt with their children. This second edition contains updated references and new entries to the alphabetical reference guide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1951 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (28 Nov 1986)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HS5TBC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
As a parent trying to bring up a child as bilingual, I found this book disappointing. The main negative point is the lack of useful tips and advice on bringing up bilingual children, which is what I was hoping to find. The book seems rather aimed at parents who have not yet decided whether to bring up their child as bilingual or not (there is a whole chapter on this decision, but little to help those who have already taken it). The first couple of chapters contain too much superficial introduction to basic linguistic concepts not directly linked to bilingualism. Part II of the book - brief case studies of bilingual couples and children - is often interesting, and Part III ("an alphabetical reference guide") contains some useful material, along with much that is less useful and relevant. On the whole, the quantity of really useful information in the book was limited. I found the books on bilingualism by G. Saunders of much more practical use.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an easy and informative read 30 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a very well written book which is easy to read but nevertheless provides the reader with a great deal of information. The first part of the book discusses how language generally is acquired and the pros and cons of bringing a child up as a bilingual. This is a very helpful introduction as it is difficult to make an informed decision about doing something specific without having the general background. The case studies cover a wide variety of senarios and were helpful. It is however true that the book is probably more helpful as an introduction to bilingualism and not a handbook on how to help biligual children.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an easy and informative read 30 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a very well written book which is easy to read but nevertheless provides the reader with a great deal of information. The first part of the book discusses how language generally is acquired and the pros and cons of bringing a child up as a bilingual. This is a very helpful introduction as it is difficult to make an informed decision about doing something specific without having the general background. The case studies cover a wide variety of senarios and were helpful. It is however true that the book is probably more helpful as an introduction to bilingualism than a handbook on how to help bilingual children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study of bilingualism for parents 9 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book starts with an overview of the existing theory about bilingualism, which is then followed by case studies. I think this structure works very well. The case studies have "follow-ups" in this edition, which contain valuable information for parents. I would appreciate it if there was more coverage of the scenario in which both parents speak the same language, which is different from the community language. In this type of families the importance of family identity built around the home language is more important than in other scenarios, as was shown in one of the case studies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too theoric- very little that you can use 22 Sep 2010
By EAL
Format:Paperback
I was very disappointed by this book to a point in which I did not even finish it. None of its content was worth reading, most things were too obvious or theoretical and useless. The author spends most of her words defining one type of family or another, linguistic definitions, languages and linguistics, and perceptions about bilingualism. I was expecting concrete strategies such as be consistent, do always speak in your mother tongue to the baby, do not correct harshly rather repeat the sentence correctly, avoid mixing languages etc etc I bought this book because the one by Tracey Hokuama Espinosa was too expensive and now I really regret it. Do not waste your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 7 Jan 2013
By morsimo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
it is good and straight forward, it does give you a wider spectrum of what is like to be raised bilingual, good help for parents
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where one of the parents does not understand one of the languages, attempts to maintain bilingualism in the family are most likely to fail. &quote;
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Be consistent in your linguistic behaviour with your child, but remember that there are many different ways of being consistent: &quote;
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