The Multilingual Mind / Edition 1

The Multilingual Mind / Edition 1

by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897899199

ISBN-13: 9780897899192

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The bulk of the world's population is multilingual, and one in seven Americans speak a language other than English at home. Multilinguals crave answers to question both basic and profound, questions relating to linguistic identity, schools, multiliteracy, how languages are actually learned, and why there are so many variations on individual success.

Overview

The bulk of the world's population is multilingual, and one in seven Americans speak a language other than English at home. Multilinguals crave answers to question both basic and profound, questions relating to linguistic identity, schools, multiliteracy, how languages are actually learned, and why there are so many variations on individual success. Tokuhama-Espinosa combines solid research, humor, and real-life examples into 21 informative and entertaining essays about people who experience the world with multiple languages.

This book tackles common misconceptions about polyglots (too many languages can cause brain overload, some languages are easier to learn than others, an adult cannot learn a foreign language as fast as a child, etc.)

Other topics include:

• Curriculum choice

• Teaching languages using the multiple intelligences

• How different education systems can influence multilingual skills

• Language's relationship to mental tasks such as music and math

• Languages from the womb and bilingualism from birth

• The growth of the trilingual family

• The societal situation of third culture kids (those growing outside of their parents' native country)

• A special case for foreign language development

• The emerging cross-area study of multilingualism and cosmopolitanism

• Questions of linguistic identity

• Challenges to normal foreign language learning, such as dyslexia, Downs Syndrome, and deafness

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897899192
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Charts

Contributing Authors

Preface

Introduction by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Myths About Multilingualism

Myths About Multilingualism by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Schooling and Foreign Languages

Teaching Languages Using the Multiple Intelligences and Senses by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

The Role of the Sense of Smell in Language Learning by Sara Ackerman Aoyama

Mulitliteracy Skills by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Two-Way Immersion Programs in the United States by Jennifer Frengel

The Relationship Between Musical Ability and Foreign Languages by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Language, Math, and Thought: Vygotsky's Concept of Inner Speech by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Primary Multilingual Mathematics by Marie Petraitis

Degrees of Multilingualism

Languages in the Womb by Andrea Bader-Rusch

First Choice Option: From Birth by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Bilingualism from Birth by Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno

Trilingualism: A Study of Children Growing Up With Three Languages by Suzanne Hauwaert-Barron

What, You Only Speak One Language!? A Trilingual Family's Story by Nicola Kupelikilinc

Society and Languages

Third Culture Kids: A Special Case for Foreign Language Learning by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

The Yellow Streetcar: Thoughts and Stories About a Polyphonic Identity by Christina Allemann-Ghionda

Linguistic Hegemony: Is There a Superior Language by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Foreign Adoption and Bilingual Children in Scarce Language Environments: Let the Internet Help! by Maria Johnson

Multilingualism and Cosmopolitanism by Konrad Gunesch

Individual Differences

A Voice Within a Voice: Federman Translating/Translating Federman, A Question of Linguistic Identity by Raymond Federman

Challenges to Normal Foreign Language Learning: Dyslexia, Downs Syndrome, Deafness by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Conclusion by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Bibliography

Index

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