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Growing up with Three Languages: Birth to Eleven

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Overview

This book is for parents who live in a foreign country and intend to raise their children in their own heritage language(s). It offers helpful suggestions for this challenging situation and provides useful strategies in the daily interactions between parents and children.
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This book is hugely enjoyable! It is written in a highly accessible style, and yet it is academically rigorous. The author has a profound understanding of the linguistic, social, cultural and psychological aspects of trilingualism and uses her large corpus covering more than 10 years of trilingual interactions in a family setting as an illustration of successful trilingual development. The book reads like a novel: the characters are two determined parents, one Chinese and one Swiss, and two biracial and trilingual boys growing up in New York, proud of their unique identity. The author presents different perspectives: the parents' view, the children's opinions about their multilingualism, and the researcher's perspective. She draws excellent conclusions for prospective parents of multilingual children and has a clear message to those who doubt that multilingualism can work: it is possible, her children developed superior cognitive and communicative skills, but it involves a constant, unrelenting effort from the parents' part.
Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele, Department of Applied Linguistics, Birkbeck, University of London
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847691071
  • Publisher: Channel View Publications Ltd
  • Publication date: 11/15/2008
  • Series: Parents' and Teachers' Guides Series , #11
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Xiao-lei Wang is currently a tenured, full professor at Pace University, New York. She was born and grew up in the People's Republic of China and came to the United States on a graduate scholarship awarded by the United Nations. She received her Master's degree from the Erikson Institute in Chicago and her Doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. Dr. Wang has conducted research in different cultural communities and worked with children and parents of immigrant and multilingual families. Dr. Wang has traveled in many parts of the world and studied languages such as English, French, Russian, and Japanese. She also speaks several Chinese dialects in addition to Putonghua ("standard" Chinese).
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Complexity of Trilingualism 13

Ch. 2 In the Beginning 40

Ch. 3 The Home Years 58

Ch. 4 Transition from Home to Preschool and Kindergarten 108

Ch. 5 The Elementary School Years 136

Ch. 6 Identity and Personality Development: Children's Voices 171

Ch. 7 Concluding Remarks 194

App Useful Websites for Parents 210

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Support for Raising Multilingual Children

    This book was recommended to me through the Multilingual Children's Association website. It is very informative and inspiring, and would be especially useful for anyone thinking about raising their children in a multilingual household, anyone who is presently doing so, or anyone merely seeking to understand the significance of doing so. A multilingual household and upbringing is certainly not an easy path taken, and the author, Xiao-lei Wang, treats the subject matter respectfully and from a very realistic and informing perspective. The author provides very detailed examples of her sons' linguistic cognizance and development, and draws upon her and her husband's own personal linguistic aptitudes to further illustrate subject matters. The author has done an impressive job of note-taking and provides a very enlightening read.

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