Praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field, Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability is the uniquely empowering guidebook to the bilingual journey by Adam Beck, the founder of the popular blog Bilingual Monkeys (http://bilingualmonkeys.com) and the lively forum The Bilingual Zoo (http://bilingualzoo.com).
Beck, a longtime practitioner of bilingual development in children, shares the best of his personal experience as an educator and parent, offering a wealth of actionable advice in this practical and comprehensive road map to greater success and joy raising bilingual and multilingual kids.
Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability will enable you to...
*Deepen your grasp of the key factors (including the two “core conditions”) for successfully nurturing a bilingual child
*Strengthen your efforts by taking even more mindful and effective action on a regular basis
*Boost your child’s language development, day by day, and bilingual ability over the years of childhood
*Empower your spirit and feel greater motivation, enthusiasm, and perseverance
*Experience a more joyful adventure with your child and a richer, closer relationship
Praised by parents of bilingual and multilingual kids around the world...
“There are many resources out there for bilingual families, but Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability is uniquely special.” —Ana Paula in the U.S.
“After reading Adam’s book and putting into practice every tactic suitable to our circumstances, I noticed extraordinary progress in my son’s language ability.” —Deborah in the U.S.
“If you are going to read one book about raising bilingual children, make it this one. We finished reading it feeling really inspired and full of new ideas.” —Alex in the U.K.
“Looks at bilingual upbringing from a different angle. Full of passion, enthusiasm, positivity, and interesting insights.” —Jana in the U.K.
“The most useful, practical, and motivating book on the market.” —Arancha in Spain
“If you are a parent looking to raise your child with two or more languages, look no further. This is the book you need.” —Alisa in France
“A treasure trove of wonderful practical ideas and creative tips.” —Julia in the U.S.
“The perfect guidebook for our family’s ongoing multilingual journey.” —Jonathan in Japan
“An ideal read when you’re expecting, and a good present for future parents to a bilingual baby!” —Julie in the U.K.
“A very inspirational book. A must-read for bilingual families.” —Gabi in Argentina
Praised by experts in the field...
“A pure gem! Adam Beck has created a truly wonderful and easily readable book that parents everywhere will enjoy and that bilingual families and children will benefit from.” —Dr. Annick De Houwer, leading researcher of child bilingualism and author of Bilingual First Language Acquisition
“Who but Adam Beck can tie together the complexities of raising a bilingual child with such wisdom, warmth, and wit? He shows how fun speaking another language at home can be." —Christine Jernigan, PhD in foreign language education and author of Family Language Learning
“I have recommended it often to parents raising bilingual children. Without fail, their reaction is ‘Thank you. This is exactly what I need.’” —Jennifer Brunk, longtime educator and founder of the popular site Spanish Playground
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About the Author
Originally from the United States, Beck has lived in Hiroshima, Japan since 1996 and is raising two bilingual children in Japanese and English. He attended college in New York, graduate school in San Francisco, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Czech Republic, where he taught English at the University of West Bohemia in the city of Plzen. He also has a background in theater arts and worked for many years in children's theater, as a director and playwright, before turning his attention to bilingual children.
Originally from the United States, Beck has lived in Hiroshima, Japan since 1996 and is raising two bilingual children in Japanese and English. He attended college in New York, graduate school in San Francisco, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Czech Republic, where he taught English at the University of West Bohemia in the city of Pilsen. He also has a background in theater arts and worked for many years in children's theater, as a director and playwright, before turning his attention to bilingual children.
Table of ContentsPreface
About Me and My Family
How to Make the Most of This Book
Part One: Perspectives
Perspective 1: The Spirit of the Bilingual Journey
Perspective 2: The Best Thing About Raising a Bilingual Child
Perspective 3: Your Actions Matter Profoundly
Perspective 4: Your Child Wants to Be Bilingual
Perspective 5: Put the Odds of Success in Your Favor
Perspective 6: Take Full Advantage of the Early Years
Perspective 7: Stay Conscious of Your Quest
Perspective 8: Seize the Day, Day After Day
Perspective 9: Persistent Efforts Add Up Over Time
Perspective 10: Sustain Good Habits and Routines
Perspective 11: Fill the "Cracks" of Your Days
Perspective 12: Stay Patient with the Process
Perspective 13: Practice "Preventive Medicine"
Perspective 14: Passion Fuels the Progress
Perspective 15: Be Very Serious, Be Very Playful
Perspective 16: Don't Teach, Give Joy
Perspective 17: The "Magical Ingredient" for Motivation
Perspective 18: Engage with Every Interruption
Perspective 19: Creative Thinking Is Key
Perspective 20: It's About How Hard You Try
Perspective 21: Maintain Firm Expectations
Perspective 22: This Journey Is a Very Long Trip
Perspective 23: Always Be Evolving
Perspective 24: There Is No Failure
Perspective 25: You Are Not Alone
Perspective 26: Keep a Journal on Your Kids
Perspective 27: The Value of an Archive
Perspective 28: Write Letters to the Future
Perspective 29: Appreciate All This Keenly
Perspective 30: Bilingual Kids Can Change the World
Part Two: Principles
Principle 1: Make This a Priority
Principle 2: Inform Yourself on the Subject
Principle 3: Satisfy the Core Conditions
Principle 4: Satisfy the Core Conditions: Exposure
Principle 5: Satisfy the Core Conditions: Need
Principle 6: Choose an Effective Language Strategy
Principle 7: Match Your Action to Your Aim
Principle 8: Reshape the Basic Conditions First
Principle 9: Seek Out Suitable Resources
Principle 10: Ignite Your Child's Interests
Principle 11: Hunt for "Home Run Books"
Principle 12: Make Productive Choices
Principle 13: Strengthen the Support Around You
Principle 14: Talk, Talk, Talk to Your Child
Principle 15: Read Aloud Every Day
Principle 16: Build a Large Home Library
Principle 17: Create a Print-Rich Environment
Principle 18: Commit to "Captive Reading"
Principle 19: Engage in Storytelling
Principle 20: Make Frequent Use of Music
Principle 21: Play Games Together
Principle 22: Prompt Interaction with Images
Principle 23: "Passive Media" Is Supplemental Exposure
Principle 24: Sustain a Regular Homework Routine
Principle 25: Recognize the Reality of Schooling
Principle 26: Promote Ties with Grandparents and Loved Ones
Principle 27: Instill Value in the Minority Language
Principle 28: Take Advantage of Bad Behavior, Too
Principle 29: Even Failure Can Contribute to Success
Principle 30: Persevere for the Payoff