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The Multilingual Mind: Issues Discussed By, For, and about People Living with Many Languages [Paperback]

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
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1 Mar 2003 0897899199 978-0897899192
The bulk of the world's population is multilingual, and one in seven Americans speak a language other than English at home. Multilinguals crave answers to question both basic and profound, questions relating to linguistic identity, schools, multiliteracy, how languages are actually learned, and why there are so many variations on individual success. Tokuhama-Espinosa combines solid research, humor, and real-life examples into 21 informative and entertaining essays about people who experience the world with multiple languages. This book tackles common misconceptions about polyglots (too many languages can cause brain overload, some languages are easier to learn than others, an adult cannot learn a foreign language as fast as a child, etc.) Other topics include: * Curriculum choice * Teaching languages using the multiple intelligences * How different education systems can influence multilingual skills * Language's relationship to mental tasks such as music and math * Languages from the womb and bilingualism from birth * The growth of the trilingual family * The societal situation of third culture kids (those growing outside of their parents' native country) * A special case for foreign language development * The emerging cross-area study of multilingualism and cosmopolitanism * Questions of linguistic identity * Challenges to normal foreign language learning, such as dyslexia, Downs Syndrome, and deafness

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers (1 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897899199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897899192
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 15.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,351,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Multilingual Mind offers a realistic and very pragmatic approach to multilingualism. This book is a wonderful tool for both parents and teachers and affirms what research and experience tell us about people's ability to learn languages. This work should become part of the educational mainstream, as learning languages opens us to becoming more culturally sensitive, a skill that is essential in today's globalized world."-Pilar Cabeza de Vaca Head, The American School in Paris

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book for a study I'm doing about second language learning and it is a good read, with a scientific approach, still I think it's more useful for (upcoming) parents thinking about raising a child using more than one language than it is for researchers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Multilingual Families - Very accessible Researcher/Teacher 24 Dec 2008
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I read How to Raise Multilingual Children and Multilingual Minds in less than a month. I just couldn't put the books down. They're filled with so much interesting, helpful and innovative information. I've learned so much about being and becoming a multilingual individual in such a short period of time thanks to Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa's books!

The information in her books has literally blown me away! I'm especially impressed by the effects of learning multiple languages in the brain, creativity, intelligence, having a flexible mind, self-esteem and identity. Soon, I'll submit an application to graduate school of clinical social work. However, since my main interest is working with immigrants families, women and children, I've just became interested also in the effect of lacking a bilingual education in the academic performance, identity, self-esteem and quality of life of immigrant children (and children of immigrants) living in the U.S. All these questions started to pop up in my head as I started to read her books. Now, I have to think how I can incorporate this new interest in my social work career.

The author is so interested in helping multilingual families that she has answered my multiple questions about raising my own multilingual child. My child is 14 months old and will be soon speaking Spanish, English and French (he already says a few words in Spanish and English). Neither my husband nor I speak French (I'm a Spanish native speaker and my husband is American). However, we've learned and still are learning so many strategies to give our son the gift of becoming a multilingual child. Now we know that it's possible to help our child learn an additional language that his parents don't speak.

The case studies and stories about the author's own experience raising her three multilingual children who speak four languages are also very inspiring and informative. It's amazing how much one can learn from other people's examples, experiences, methods and even mistakes.

Great books, great researcher!
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