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7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child
7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child
by Steiner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.54

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too simplistic, 19 Feb. 2013
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Not a terrible book and it could prove useful if you're still not so serious about having a bilingual child and would like to familiarise with the topic using this easy and relatively short text, but the 7 steps referred in the title are misleading. There aren't any seven practical steps you should follow as a parent in this book and I guess that many would find its writing simplistic.
As a matter of fact, the book deals mostly with reassuring arguments which are most appropriate for parents-to-be. This is very well covered, but the author's objective indeed wasn't to provide in-depth scientific information either.
The bit of the book that is worth notice, and makes it different from many other comparable titles, is the handful of pages that deals with organising and maintaing over time a written time schedule to make sure the child is exposed enough to the non-dominant language.

Growing Up with Three Languages: Birth to Eleven (Parents' and Teachers' Guides)
Growing Up with Three Languages: Birth to Eleven (Parents' and Teachers' Guides)
by Xiao-Lei Wang
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting testimonial and strong scientific information provided, 7 Feb. 2013
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The book is a well referenced, well written testimonial of a 11 year long study that an academic linguist mom did on her two kids. The text is indeed written as a scientific study, and often quotes the most authoritative sources in the field. In this sense, it is also informative of the most important bibliography on bilinguism.

The book provides little field guidance (it's not a step-by-step guide) but it does explain very clearly on what pillars linguistic proficiency is based and how to develop this proficiency as a child grows. The experience that the author lived with her kids is used as a base to deliver insights which may be valid for other families. There are many context and time specific advices and strategies which are strenghtened with plenty of sound scientific grounding that could be very useful to parents and that I will surely apply in the future with my sons.

This said, the book requires some thinking on the parents side to put the theory and examples in practice. The author does a good job in providing more than enough material to take it a step further and adopting the techniques and practices they might like the most in their personal family communication pattern, so the text can still be very useful.

If you're looking for a guide with very clear advice on what to do and when, something "ready-to-use", this isn't the book for you.
If you would like to understand more about bilinguism and trilinguism, rather than just refer to a set of instructions, this could be one of the reads to add to your list.
In any case, I suggest to read other texts along this one as some more practical advice might really come in handy.

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