Multilingual Mind: Issues Discussed by, for, and about People Living with Many Languages

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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 ...

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897899185
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2003
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

TRACEY TOKUHAMA-ESPINOSA is a native of California who received her Master's of Education at Harvard University and has taught in international schools in Japan, Ecuador, France, and Ecuador. She is currently Professor of Education, Psychology, and Cognitive Sciences at the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Tracey has given numerous workshops on raising multilingual children to schools and families in Australia, Norway, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Ecuador, and England. She speaks and writes in English and Spanish fluently, knows conversational French, some Japanese, and is studying basic German. She and her husband are raising their three children in four languages.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface: Individual Bilingualism
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Myths About Multilingualism 1
I Schooling and Foreign Languages 13
2 Teaching Languages Using the Multiple Intelligences and the Senses 15
3 The Role of the Sense of Smell in Language Learning 21
4 Multiliteracy Skills 31
5 Two-Way Immersion Programs in the United States 47
II Math, Music, and Multilinguals 63
6 The Relationship Between Musical Ability and Foreign Languages: Communication via Sounds and via Words 65
7 Language, Math, and Thought: Vygotsky's Concept of Inner Speech 81
8 Multilingual Mathematics 91
III Degrees of Multilingualism 99
9 In the Beginning Was the Word: Language and the Womb 101
10 First Choice Option: From Birth 109
11 Bilingualism from Birth 115
12 Trilingualism: A Study of Children Growing Up with Three Languages 129
13 What, You Speak Only One Language!? A Trilingual Family's Story 151
IV Society and Languages 163
14 Third Culture Kids: A Special Case for Foreign Language Learning 165
15 The Yellow Streetcar: Shaping a Polyphonic Identity 171
16 Linguistic Hegemony: Is There a Superior Language? 189
17 Foreign Adoption and Bilingualism 197
18 Bringing Up Bilingual Children in Scarce Language Environments: How the Internet Can Help 207
19 Multilingualism and Cosmopolitanism 213
V Individual Differences 233
20 A Voice within a Voice: Federman Translating/Translating Federman 235
21 Challenges to Normal Bilingualism: Down's Syndrome, Deafness, and Dyslexia 243
Conclusion 255
Bibliography 257
Subject Index 277
Name Index 283
About the Editor and Contributors 293
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