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Raising Multilingual Children

by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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)\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897897501
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
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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