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A Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Bilingualism

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Written in a very reader-friendly style, the book is a practical introduction for parents and teachers to bilingualism. Straightforward and realistic answers are given to a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions about bilingualism and bilingual education. Areas covered include family, language, culture, identity, reading, writing, schooling and issues.

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Paperback, 3rd Edition, 256 pages
Published September 26th 2007 by Multilingual Matters Limited (first published May 28th 1995)
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May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Random bold words and constant 'examples' were really annoying. Anyone reading this knows what bilingualism is. You don't have to say 'a child learning English and French might...' or 'Children who speak a minority language at home (for example, Spanish)..' made this unbearable to read. Not much useful information if you've read ANY other book on the topic. Otherwise I suppose it's a good introduction. The Q&A format is kind of weird though and makes the book very redundant.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I understand the rationale of having the book structured as a Q&A but in doing so some of the strength of the message gets lost / diluted.
The truth is that true bilingualism takes a lot of effort - and much of that needs to occur in the primary years and the hard bits are the literacy - especially writing. Further it takes a clear understanding of Jos to set your goals and plan to achieve them.
You need to do a lot of reading around the book to get that.
This book mainly addresses the question whether or not children from 'third-world' immigrants should first learn to speak and read their parents language. The text is not particularly helpful for parents in a mixed marriage, interested, like me, in raising their children bilingual from a very early age

It is clear that raising a bilingual child needs a strategy and special attention must be given to the weaker language (weaker in influence in a given situation). Therefore, the author argues, chil
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is structured in questions and answers so it's quite easy to browse to the topics that actually apply to your family situation. The sections about family and development are useful for any language combination at home but I felt that the sections about education were very focused on situations in which English is one of the languages at home or in the society, thus it was quite useless for us.
Judit Gueta
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The writer repeats himself a lot, and for relatively special cases as ours (my mother tongue is a minority language with almost no other speakers around, and my husband does not speak it) there isn't too much practical information after the first (two) chapters. Those two chapters are pretty good though.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read
It is always better to read this book again because Tommaso is growing up and we are considering whether to send him to a bilingual school.

È sempre meglio ripassare considerando che Tommaso sta crescendo e stiamo valutando se mandarlo ad una scuola bilingue.
Jul 30, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice overall
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Good intro to multilingualism.
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“When people talk about other cultures, they tend to describe the differences and not the similarities. • Differences between cultures are generally seen as threatening and described in negative terms. • Stereotyping is probably inevitable in the absence of frequent contact or study.” 1 likes
“deriving from the research of Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele of Birkbeck College in the University of London, bilinguals and multilinguals appear in research to have higher levels of open-mindedness (being more receptive to new and different ideas and more broad-minded to the opinions of others), and of cognitive empathy (being able to understand another person's experiences and feelings and an ability to view the outside world from another person's perspective).” 0 likes
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