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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (27 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521004640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521004640
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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'… the material is well-organised and easy to read and the common-sense advice from parents who have been through it all themselves - makes this book recommended reading for bilingual families everywhere.' The Japan Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An up-to-date, accessible guide for parents of bilingual children.


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By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a very well written book which is easy to read but nevertheless provides the reader with a great deal of information. The first part of the book discusses how language generally is acquired and the pros and cons of bringing a child up as a bilingual. This is a very helpful introduction as it is difficult to make an informed decision about doing something specific without having the general background. The case studies cover a wide variety of senarios and were helpful. It is however true that the book is probably more helpful as an introduction to bilingualism and not a handbook on how to help biligual children.
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As a parent trying to bring up a child as bilingual, I found this book disappointing. The main negative point is the lack of useful tips and advice on bringing up bilingual children, which is what I was hoping to find. The book seems rather aimed at parents who have not yet decided whether to bring up their child as bilingual or not (there is a whole chapter on this decision, but little to help those who have already taken it). The first couple of chapters contain too much superficial introduction to basic linguistic concepts not directly linked to bilingualism. Part II of the book - brief case studies of bilingual couples and children - is often interesting, and Part III ("an alphabetical reference guide") contains some useful material, along with much that is less useful and relevant. On the whole, the quantity of really useful information in the book was limited. I found the books on bilingualism by G. Saunders of much more practical use.
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I was very disappointed by this book to a point in which I did not even finish it. None of its content was worth reading, most things were too obvious or theoretical and useless. The author spends most of her words defining one type of family or another, linguistic definitions, languages and linguistics, and perceptions about bilingualism. I was expecting concrete strategies such as be consistent, do always speak in your mother tongue to the baby, do not correct harshly rather repeat the sentence correctly, avoid mixing languages etc etc I bought this book because the one by Tracey Hokuama Espinosa was too expensive and now I really regret it. Do not waste your money.
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The book starts with an overview of the existing theory about bilingualism, which is then followed by case studies. I think this structure works very well. The case studies have "follow-ups" in this edition, which contain valuable information for parents. I would appreciate it if there was more coverage of the scenario in which both parents speak the same language, which is different from the community language. In this type of families the importance of family identity built around the home language is more important than in other scenarios, as was shown in one of the case studies.
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This is a useful book if you are interested to learn about raising a bilingual family, but it is quite academic. It provides useful information, leaving the reader to determine how to apply it to their specific situation. I was a little disappointed at first as I was hoping for a step by step guide to raising our daughter bilingually as successfully as possible, instead this book has given me some input into determining how we will do this. So, not what I was hoping for, and a lot of info that I'll never use but I'm still glad I bought it. I wouldn't buy it again new, I would buy it second Hand or borrow it from a friend/ library.
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By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2001
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This is a very well written book which is easy to read but nevertheless provides the reader with a great deal of information. The first part of the book discusses how language generally is acquired and the pros and cons of bringing a child up as a bilingual. This is a very helpful introduction as it is difficult to make an informed decision about doing something specific without having the general background. The case studies cover a wide variety of senarios and were helpful. It is however true that the book is probably more helpful as an introduction to bilingualism than a handbook on how to help bilingual children.
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This book is brilliant! It offers both practical advice for parents thinking about raising their children bilingually and the theoretical liguistic background surrounding the issues.
My grandaughter is being brought up in England and is acquiring Italian from her mother and her family and English from her father and his family.

The book is very readable and reassuring.The case studies are particularly helpful and the authors make the point that no two families are in exactly the same situation.
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