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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897899199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897899192
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,590,137 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 By Kaspar de Geus on 20 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book for Multilingual Families - Very accessible Researcher/Teacher 24 Dec. 2008
By AutenticaPT - Published on
Format: Paperback
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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