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Adam Beck is the author of the popular books Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability and Bilingual Success Stories Around the World, both praised worldwide by parents and leaders in the field of child bilingualism for their practical and empowering approach to the bilingual aim. He is also the author of the playful “picture book for adults” titled I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL! (illustrated by Pavel Goldaev), which emphasizes the most important information parents need for realizing joyful success on a bilingual journey.
In addition, he created 28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables, a language learning resource containing short, simple texts on dual-facing English and Spanish pages. This engaging book, with online audio, is useful for any learner of Spanish or English, from kids to adults.
Adam is the founder of the influential blog Bilingual Monkeys and the lively forum The Bilingual Zoo. Along with his books and his online writing, he provides empowering support to bilingual and multilingual families through personal coaching, online and off, and through speaking appearances at conferences and workshops worldwide. He is on the consultation team at the Harmonious Bilingualism Network (HaBilNet), led by Annick De Houwer.
An educator for over 30 years, Adam has worked with hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children as a classroom teacher and private tutor. Originally from the United States, he has lived in Hiroshima, Japan since 1996 and is raising two trilingual children in Japanese, English, and Spanish. He attended college in New York, graduate school in San Francisco, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Czech Republic, where he taught English at the University of West Bohemia in the city of Plzen.
Adam also has a background in theater arts and worked for many years in children’s theater as a director and playwright. He is the author of the award-winning humorous novel for children and adults titled How I Lost My Ear (illustrated by Simon Farrow), which critics have called "an extraordinary imaginative achievement" and compared to "the best of Roald Dahl."
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Beck, a longtime practitioner of bilingual development in children, shares the best of his personal experience as an educator and parent, offering a wealth of actionable advice in this practical and comprehensive road map to greater success and joy raising bilingual and multilingual kids.
Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability will enable you to...
*Deepen your grasp of the key factors (including the two "core conditions") for successfully nurturing a bilingual child
*Strengthen your efforts by taking even more mindful and effective action on a regular basis
*Boost your child's language development, day by day, and bilingual ability over the years of childhood
*Empower your spirit and feel greater motivation, enthusiasm, and perseverance
*Experience a more joyful adventure with your child and a richer, closer relationship
Praised by parents of bilingual and multilingual kids around the world...
"There are many resources out there for bilingual families, but Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability is uniquely special." —Ana Paula in the U.S.
"After reading Adam's book and putting into practice every tactic suitable to our circumstances, I noticed extraordinary progress in my son's language ability." —Deborah in the U.S.
"If you are going to read one book about raising bilingual children, make it this one. We finished reading it feeling really inspired and full of new ideas." —Alex in the U.K.
"Looks at bilingual upbringing from a different angle. Full of passion, enthusiasm, positivity, and interesting insights." —Jana in the U.K.
"The most useful, practical, and motivating book on the market." —Arancha in Spain
"If you are a parent looking to raise your child with two or more languages, look no further. This is the book you need." —Alisa in France
"A treasure trove of wonderful practical ideas and creative tips." —Julia in the U.S.
"The perfect guidebook for our family's ongoing multilingual journey." —Jonathan in Japan
"An ideal read when you're expecting, and a good present for future parents to a bilingual baby!" —Julie in the U.K.
"A very inspirational book. A must-read for bilingual families." —Gabi in Argentina
Bilingual Success Stories Around the World is a real-life roadmap to greater success and joy for any parent raising bilingual or multilingual children. Written by Adam Beck, in the same empowering spirit as his influential first book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability, this practical, worldly-wise guide features the success stories of a wide range of families and details the kinds of attitudes and actions that can enable your family to enjoy the same sort of rewarding success. The focus of this book is on the actual practice of raising children to acquire active ability in more than one language, conveyed through the revealing experiences of parents who are now succeeding admirably at their bilingual or multilingual aim. Read this book for ideas and inspiration to help you realize your own family’s joyful success story!
The perfect book of short, simple stories for learning Spanish, with online audio! Widely praised by beginners and by parents raising bilingual kids!
28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables is a language learning resource (not a picture book) designed to fuel the improvement of learners of Spanish or English. Engaging and effective for children, teens, and adults, with easy access to online audio files offering professional narration in both languages. A useful, flexible resource for self-study, homeschooling, or classroom use, it includes ideas for learners, parents, and teachers to make the most of this book in order to advance their language learning aims.
The book, available in paperback or e-book, consists of familiar stories crafted in short, simple texts on dual English and Spanish pages that can benefit a wide range of ages and learning situations:
- Children, monolingual or bilingual, who are developing their language and literacy ability in Spanish and/or English, whether at home or at school.
- Teens and adults who are language learners of Spanish or English, whether studying on their own or in a classroom.
With these enjoyable, text-only stories, learners can focus fully on the target language to strengthen their language skills. This format also offers parents and teachers the flexibility to follow up with their own questions or exercises, if they wish, which can be targeted to the particular needs of their children or students.