22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
An very good overview,
This review is from: Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children (Hardcover)
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.