Raising Multilingual Children

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Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children elucidates how children learn foreign languages and when they can do so with the best results. The most recent studies in linguistics, neurology, education, and psychology are evaluated and the findings are presented in a recipe format. Parents and teachers are encouraged to bake their own and evaluate the multilingual children in their lives with the use of tools which include a family language profile and family language goals worksheet. ...

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Overview

Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children elucidates how children learn foreign languages and when they can do so with the best results. The most recent studies in linguistics, neurology, education, and psychology are evaluated and the findings are presented in a recipe format. Parents and teachers are encouraged to bake their own and evaluate the multilingual children in their lives with the use of tools which include a family language profile and family language goals worksheet. Beginning with the Ingredients of Timing, (or the Windows of Opportunity,) and Aptitude, the book goes on to include the Baking Instructions of Motivation, Strategy, and Consistency. This is followed by Kitchen Design, or the role of the language learning environment which includes the child's Opportunity to use the languages being learned, the Linguistic Relationship between the child's languages, and the possible influence of Siblings.

Plumbing and Electricity round out the ten key factors in raising multilingual children by discussing the possible role of Gender and Hand-Use, and our understanding of the multilingual brain at present. Chef and Chef's Assistants addresses the vital roles of teachers and schools in a child's foreign language development. A Mess in the Kitchen discusses problem situations related to foreign language learning, and offers a variety of resources to address such issues.

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Tokuhama-Espinosa writes for parents of multilingual children and for educators and other professionals open to a contribution from someone outside the academic circles involved with multilingualism. She is multilingual herself, has multilingual children, and has taught and lectured at international schools in several countries. Here she presents what she has gleaned from her own experiences and from recent studies in linguistics, neurology, education, and psychology with regard to problems, pitfalls, and successful strategies for families raising multilingual children. She writes in a conversational style to appeal to a lay audience, cloaking her presentation in a "recipe" analogy (e.g. references to "ingredients," "baking instructions," "kitchen design"), which is a distraction from the real value of her information (a little flavoring goes a long way). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897897501
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/30/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (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 xi
Chapter 1 The Search for the Secret to Successful Bilingualism: Somewhere between Academia and the Family 1
Chapter 2 Ten Key Factors in Raising Multilingual Children: A Recipe for Success 9
Chapter 3 Ingredients 17
Taking Advantage of the Windows of Opportunity 17
Your Child's Aptitude for Foreign Languages 37
Chapter 4 Baking Instructions 47
The Role of Motivation in Language Acquisition 48
Second Language Learning Strategies 56
Being Consistent with the Chosen Strategy 62
Chapter 5 Kitchen Design: The Role of the Language Environment 69
What Is Your Family Language Environment? 70
What Are the Opportunities in Your Environment? 71
The Relationship between the Native and the Foreign Language 79
The Role of Siblings in Language Acquisition 86
Chapter 6 Plumbing and Electricity: The Multilingual Brain 89
The Possible Role of Gender in Language Acquisition 89
The Possible Role of Hand Use in Language Learning 91
The Multilingual Brain 94
Chapter 7 The Chefs and Chefs' Assistants: The Role of the Teachers and the Schools 117
Opportunity and Support in the Schools 117
Opportunity and Support from Teachers 124
Chapter 8 Baking Your Own: Your Personal Family Language Profile 133
Degrees of Success 133
Multiliteracy Skills 139
Chapter 9 A Mess in the Kitchen 153
What to Do in Problem Situations 153
Some Suggested Readings 160
Changing Language Strategies 162
Chapter 10 The Sweet Smell of Success 165
A Summary 165
Diary Accounts of My Own Children's Language Development 167
Appendix A Finding Language Sources in Scarce Language Environments 187
Appendix B The Family Studies: How the Information Was Gathered 189
Glossary 195
Bibliography 199
Index 211
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