Multilingual Living Giveaway – Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family

by Corey · 112 comments

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce that we are giving away a copy of the fantastic book, Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family! We would like to thank Multilingual Matters for making this possible!

As avid readers of Multilingual Living, you are well aware of the series of post we had recently. They were all about teaching bilingual children to read in write in their languages. We shared excerpts from Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family as well as an article that Prof. Wang wrote just for Multilingual Living titled Teaching Children to Read and Write in More Than One Orthography: Tips for Parents.

We hope you enjoyed all of these articles this month! Now is your turn to win this fantastic book and to put everything into practice!

How to Enter the Giveaway…

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment below as to why you would like to receive a copy of Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family. Would it help you to raise your biliterate/multiliterate children? Maybe it would help you with your studies on bilingualism? Perhaps you are a teacher and would like to implement some of Prof. Wang’s tips and suggestions in your classroom?

Let us know!

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using random.org’s sequence generator. See below for additional ways to increase your chances of winning.

The Following Entries Count Too!

Your comment counts as one entry. Plus, if you do any of the following listed below, then we are more than happy to count it as an additional entry to say “thank you” for all of your support of Multilingual Living as well as your help in getting the word out about this fantastic book.

If you do any of the following, make sure to leave a separate comment for each so that we can count it!

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Important Details

This giveaway will close at 10:00 pm PST on Sunday, October 23, 2011.

*** Anyone in the world can enter – I’m paying for the shipping! ***

Make sure to read the Multilingual Living Giveaway Rules!

Hope you enjoy this giveaway! Thank you for all of your support for Multilingual Living!

GOOD LUCK!

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1 Amanda Kendle October 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Ooh, would love to win this to help figure out how to get my little boy’s German up to scratch so we could go and live there for a year or two while he’s in school.

2 Amanda Kendle October 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

And I have tweeted about it too!

3 Jo-Anne lessner October 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I’m raising my toddler to be bilingual and I and the mothers in our german playgroup are looking for any help we can get to aid us on our journey.

4 Czeslaw Liebert October 3, 2011 at 12:33 am

I’m both, a parent bringing up the children bilingually and a student of English lingustics. The book will definetly be useful in both those fields.

5 Czeslaw Liebert October 3, 2011 at 12:35 am

I’ve joined the email list ages ago.

6 Czeslaw Liebert October 3, 2011 at 12:36 am

I’ve subscribed to your RSS Feed ages ago.

7 Czeslaw Liebert October 3, 2011 at 12:39 am

I don’t use FB, but I posted a comment on my g+

https://plus.google.com/111961572498281278526/posts/U2UHmMF7zYu

8 Shelley Glapion October 3, 2011 at 1:05 am

I tweeted this because I’ve been following you for some time now.

9 Shelley Glapion October 3, 2011 at 1:16 am

Also I posted to my FB wall!

10 Shelley Glapion October 3, 2011 at 1:17 am

And I’m on the email list.

11 Kristi Lai October 3, 2011 at 1:31 am

I would love to have this book. My 6 yr old son is in a multilingual school. He is learning spanish and chinese (mandarin). My husband is from Italy and I would love to incorporate italian as well. I have three other children I would like to prepare for this and hope it would help me implement that in our home. Thanks for offering this!

12 Kristi Lai October 3, 2011 at 1:32 am

just shared this on my facebook! πŸ™‚

13 Rea October 3, 2011 at 2:15 am

We wou8ld love to add this book to our resources. Thanks for hosting this great site!

14 Adina B October 3, 2011 at 2:38 am

I would love to win! My daughter has just turned 3 and is bilingual in English and Romanian. The reading/writing rules are so different between the 2 languages, and i’m wondering how to go about teaching her read/write in both languages. This book would be of great help! Thanks!

15 Adina B October 3, 2011 at 2:39 am

I already like you on FB.

16 Adina B October 3, 2011 at 2:42 am

I have posted the giveaway on FB.

17 Kristin Kimble October 3, 2011 at 2:43 am

I LIKE you on Facebook! πŸ™‚

18 Kristin Kimble October 3, 2011 at 2:45 am

I would be over the moon to win a copy of this book – I love languages, and I live in England trying to raise our daughter bilingually (with me being German). Now she’s started school, it would be of invaluable help to get some real advice on how to make sure she doesn’t lose the German, and grows up confident in both languages. Thanks! <3

19 Jennifer borio October 3, 2011 at 4:05 am

hi, I love the concept, and that you will ship to anywhere in the world! My 2 year,4 month old loves reading in any language ( she even helps me match ancient Greek text to English letters!), but her main languages for reading and writing are Japanese and English- she surprised me at the book store the other day by reading ‘Go Go Go!’ when I was trying to catch her to take her home and is ready to take her first reading steps, so any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!

20 Laura S. October 3, 2011 at 4:09 am

I think this book would be a great resource. With my 8 year old son, we are looking at different ways of expanding his ability to read and write in Spanish and my 4 year old daughter is just starting this process. Thank you!

21 Laura S. October 3, 2011 at 4:10 am

I am on the e-mail list!

22 Laura S. October 3, 2011 at 4:10 am

I have posted the link on my Facebook page!

23 Laura S. October 3, 2011 at 4:11 am

And yes, we LIKE Multilingual Living on Facebook!!!!

24 Christel Broady October 3, 2011 at 4:12 am

I would like to win this book to aid our family to raise our bilingual child. We are a tri-cultural family living in the USA with one parent from Europe, one from Asia, and our child born in the USA.

25 LSaenz October 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

Would love to gain more knowledge on how to begin teaching reading and writing while my son is learning 3 languages: English, Turkish, Spanish.

26 Rochelle Pitkaniemi October 3, 2011 at 4:48 am

Because we’re going to be homeschooling in three languages and won’t have anybody else to teach our kids how to write in any of their languages, so it’d be really useful to see how it’s done across the board! As they say, knowledge is power!

27 Julie October 3, 2011 at 5:10 am

I have a 5 month old little girl to whom I speak French to (i’m French) while my husband speaks to her in English. Although she is very young and doesn’t speak yet, I am reading alot about Bringing up a bilingual child. I am scared she wont’ be able to read or write in French so any material to help me in our bilingual adventure would be welcomed!

28 Silke October 3, 2011 at 6:24 am

It’s so important to have an idea about how to introduce our kids to read and write in a second language. Last year I started with my oldest but I would love to get tips about it so I can use them with my youngest son. πŸ™‚

29 Silke October 3, 2011 at 6:26 am

Posted in twitter! πŸ™‚
http://twitter.com/#!/Growbi

30 Silke October 3, 2011 at 6:28 am

I also shared this great giveaway on FB πŸ™‚
https://www.facebook.com/GROWINGBILINGUAL

31 Cynthia Penner-Haughey October 3, 2011 at 7:51 am

Oh, I would love this book to further help me understand how to incorporate first languages in my classroom and in my grad studies as I pursue the connection between identity construction and first languages!!!

32 Martina October 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

I am Italian and I am raising my 3 year old daughter in the US, so hopefully she will become bilingual. Lately she showed some interest in numbers and letters and I would really need some help on how to introduce the subject to her in both languages.

33 Italian books October 4, 2011 at 11:45 am

You may want to consider regularly reading some Italian books to your daughter. She will get used to the sounds of the Italian language and to the way Italian is written. Books are fun and increase the vocabulary of little children, while teaching proper grammar.

34 Cynthia Penner-Haughey October 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

On the email list!

35 Hayley Armstrong October 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

I would love to have a copy of this book. My partner is Mexican and we are about to start a family. We would definitely like our children to grow up in a bilingual environment and this book would be a great way to start getting some insight into how to do this. Thanks for your blog – it is always a great read!

36 Charissa Reijmers October 4, 2011 at 6:52 am

I’m studying to be an English teacher and I’m very interested in multilingualism (and how it can/does/should influence our way of teaching English).

37 Charissa Reijmers October 4, 2011 at 6:53 am

I also posted about this on Facebook πŸ™‚

38 Charissa Reijmers October 4, 2011 at 6:53 am

And I’m subscribed to your RSS feed.

39 Marta October 5, 2011 at 5:39 am

Hi! I would love to win this book so my son and my students can apply the tips to read and write in English. Thank you! Marta

40 Marta October 5, 2011 at 5:41 am

I follow your blog via facebook. Thank you! Marta

41 Marta October 5, 2011 at 5:50 am

Here’s my blog post about your giveaway: http://abilingualbb.blogspot.com/2011/10/sorteo-en-multilingual-living.html
Thanks! Marta

42 Yo y mis mini yos October 5, 2011 at 6:37 am

Hello, I am a mother of two children who are being raised trilingual in a very multilingual environment! We live in Belgium, in the French speakin part, my husband is German and I am Spanish. Apart from these three languages, we communicate often in English, children will have to learn Dutch at school and we have friends from all over the world πŸ˜‰ It would be very helpful for us to have this book and be able to share the knowledge with our friends who are many in the same situation! Thanks in advance!

43 Rosalind October 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I would like to receive a copy of this book because I am raising my daughter to be bilingual and this book could help me teach her how to read in spanish as well as speak it.

44 Rosalind October 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm

posted on Twitter

45 Rosalind October 5, 2011 at 11:35 pm

already LIKED on Facebook

46 Rosalind October 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Followed on Twitter

47 Rosalind October 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Joined your email list

48 Rosalind October 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Subscribed to your RSS Feed

49 Rosalind October 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Posted a comment on my Facebook page

50 Carolina Kavalkievicz Gharbi October 6, 2011 at 7:04 am

I already like you on Facebook.

51 Carolina Kavalkievicz Gharbi October 6, 2011 at 7:07 am

Winning this book would prepare myself more, as I homeschool 2 of my children in 3 different languages.Would also help me with new techniques on how to learn a new language that the orthography is completely different from my own.

52 Carolina Kavalkievicz Gharbi October 6, 2011 at 7:24 am

I just Posted a comment on my Facebook page with a link to this giveaway

http://www.facebook.com/ckgharbi

53 Laurel October 7, 2011 at 7:12 am

We are really hoping to buy this book even though money is tight. Our daughter is 2 and we are hoping to teach her to read in her two languages, which means two different alphabets. It would be such a boon to win this book!

54 Laurel October 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I already like you on Facebook!

55 Beatriz October 8, 2011 at 12:46 am

My son is 3 and my daughter is 5, and this book is just what we need!! Also we would give the book to the teacher at school to introduce other 23 kids…

56 Zsofia October 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I would love to win as I am attempting to home school in two languages.

57 Maureen October 10, 2011 at 4:44 am

This would be great for my daughter, who just started kindergarten.

58 Becky Smith October 10, 2011 at 5:53 am

I would love this book, because I’m raising my children bilingually–in English and Russian. I am an American living in Central Asia and we have many friends who need their children to learn four languages–three being very essential. I would like to help them know what to do, since I am an elementary educator. I am also taking classes to teach English language learners in TESOL.

59 Suzanne Bernsten October 10, 2011 at 5:55 am

My son is in 1st grade now and learning to read and write in English. I would love to have some guidance for how to help him develop these skills in Portuguese.

60 Nicole M. October 10, 2011 at 6:16 am

I’d like this book so I can get some tips on teaching my 2 sons German. Both of them were late talkers and we were encouraged to NOT speak German to them, which in hindsight I think was a mistake.

61 Nicole M. October 10, 2011 at 6:16 am

I am an email subscriber

62 Cindy October 10, 2011 at 7:18 am

Daniel is already getting curious about letters. Soon he’ll realize that the Dutch g (that he’s learning to pronounce so well) is a lot different from the English g, even though they look the same…
Curious to hear what’s been written about all this.

63 Kelly Tirman October 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

Would love to win this book. We actively trying to raise multilingual kids and are constantly looking for resources!

64 Thea October 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

This would be a great resource in our ongoing journey through German-English bilingualism and becoming biliterate.

65 Karina October 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I’d love to win this book! I am trying to device a plan to teach my reluctant 6yo trilingual in the making (English by birth, Spanish from my side of the family, French since 2009 at school) how to read and write in Spanish. We will accomplish it with dedication & patience and this book would be a terrific addition to our personal library.

Keep up the wonderful work!
Muchas gracias!!
Karina

66 Carolyn Anderson October 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Would love to have this book to help me teach my bilingual daughter to read and write in French and English… and maybe Spanish, too. πŸ™‚

67 elena segatini October 11, 2011 at 3:17 am

I’m a mother of a 2 1/2 year old baby and we are raising him as a bilingual child (italian and english). I’m going through some enormous difficulties right now with my little Kian. He just started kindergarden in September here in Italy and the teachers are not understanding at all the importance of being bilingual and the fact that he will start to speak a bit later. They are making it look as if the baby has speech problems to the point that now Kian feels embarassed to speak italian. I would love to continue on this path even though I know I will have to face many more difficulties and I would love to be able to teach my child to read and write English and make him feel so confident about the choice we made.

68 Laura Mason Zeisler October 11, 2011 at 5:01 am

I would love to receive this book so that I can share it with other early childhood educators and with families of young children. I wish I had had this book, Teaching Children to Read and Write in More Than One Orthography: Tips for Parents, when I was raising my two children. I know that I exposed them to Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish and French. One challenge is raising a bilingual or multilingual child when your partner is monolingual in the dominant language where one lives.

69 Deana Tineo October 11, 2011 at 6:37 am

We would love to receive this book to help us when we started teaching our girls to read and write in three languages. I am excited to start this process, and I am a sure this book will be a great resource.

70 Deana Tineo October 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

I follow you on Facebook.

71 Deana Tineo October 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

I am on the email list.

72 Vanessa October 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

I need tips for my 3 year old who is just starting answering in English, but doesn’t say anything unless prompted.
Thanks for the chance!

73 Vanessa October 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

I’ve been receiving your newsletters for a while now πŸ™‚

74 Cornelia Baigorria October 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

This book would be great for our staff. We work with many families with young children whose first language is a language other than English.

75 Giovanna October 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I’d love to get this book to know more about biliteracy. I’ve being raising my children bilingual and the eldest, 6 now, is learning to read and write in both our languages at the same time.

Furthermore, I have a blog myself on bilingualism and I intend to write my PHD on this matter.

76 Giovanna October 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

By the way, I liked you on FB!

77 Giovanna October 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

…and I’m on your mailing list, of course!

78 Giovanna October 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

..and I subscribed your RSS Feed, too!

79 Ghazal Lahooti October 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

shared on FB.

Thank you for always providing great information

80 Linda October 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

This looks like a fantastic resource I can share with the parents in my school district that I work with. I organize parent activities for myltilingual families and we discuss raising bilingual/multilingual students and how we can support them at home and in school.

81 Auro October 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

My kids are growing in a multilingual home, but are behind in learning reading and writting in their second language. It is really important they don’t stay behind, and having some help teaching them, would be amazing!

82 Gina Sawamura October 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

This sounds like a great read and a fantastic resourse. I’m raising my two kids in Japan to be bilingual in English and Japanese. My oldest is just at the age where he is interested in learning to write, but it is difficult to keep a balance between two very different languages.

83 Gina Sawamura October 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I already like you on Facebook.

84 Gina Sawamura October 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I have signed up for the newsletter, too.

85 Gina Sawamura October 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I’ve subcribed to the RSS feed, too.

86 Gina Sawamura October 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I’ve posted this article on my facebook page, too.

87 Katiep October 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I think this book would come really handy since my son is growing up to be trilingual. He is four now and is started to be reeeeeeally interested in how to write and read words but it is confussing for him since it is so different in each of the languages

88 Katiep October 19, 2011 at 12:03 am

I have posted it on my facebook wall!!!!

89 Katiep October 19, 2011 at 12:06 am

I liked Multilingual Living Facebook Page on my facebook

90 Randy Poehlman October 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I would love a copy of this book. Teaching English reading and writing skills to young learners in Japan has given me many insights in Bilingual and multilingual approachs and has peeked my own interest in the subject.

91 MΓ‘ire Nic Oireachtaigh October 23, 2011 at 12:29 am

My own children , now 12 an 14, have been raised bilingually with Gaelige and English. I now work informally with parents who have children in Irish Medium Education. This book would be a great resource to support both myself and them. Go raibh maith agaibh!

92 Shelley Glapion October 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I would love any advice and tips on how to teach myself and my daughter to learn Arabic. As I’m a huge fan and follower of Multilingual Living.

93 Jane @ Mama Pea Pod October 23, 2011 at 12:30 am

I would love to win this book because I am raising my kids in a bilingual home and I also teach ELL multilingual kids. Part of my job is educating parents and teachers about raising/teaching multilingual children.

94 Jane @ Mama Pea Pod October 23, 2011 at 12:33 am

I already follow on twitter

95 Jane @ Mama Pea Pod October 23, 2011 at 12:35 am

I tweeted about the giveaway

96 Jane @ Mama Pea Pod October 23, 2011 at 12:41 am

I also shared on my fb page

97 Jane @ Mama Pea Pod October 23, 2011 at 12:43 am

And on my personal fb page too

98 phillippa October 23, 2011 at 12:49 am

As the only regular source of English in my sons’ Frenchified lives, my focus is on keeping their english up to par with their French; so far so good, as an OPOL family. Reading and writing is our next hurdle, and I’ll need all the support I can get. Speaking in my maternal tongue is one thing as children absorb like sponges…actively teaching is an entirely different effort.

99 Jasminka October 23, 2011 at 1:27 am

My husband’s mother tongue is different from mine. We are living in an environment where my language is widely spoken and thought in schools, so my chilrdren speak their mother tongue, but I would be more than happy if they mastered their father tongue, as well. Also, I’m interested in developing a career in teaching bilingual children.
I’m following you on FB, too.

100 Carola Flores SardΓ‘ October 23, 2011 at 2:52 am

Hi, I’m a mother of a multilingual family. My husband is Dutch, I’m Peruvian (Spanish) and we live in The Nederland. My husband and I speak mostly English to each other. I have two girls, one of 3 and one of 1. The oldest speak most of the time Dutch even thought I speak Spanish to her. If I ask something in Spanish, she answers in Dutch. I have read many articles of you and I’m trying not to push her too much to speak Spanish, but I have to admit that that makes me a little worried and disappointed.
I would like to have that book so I can begin early teaching how to write en read in Spanish. I would really like that she can have a good level of Spanish so she can read Spanish literature and get some of the ideas of my culture and maybe go to the university in a Spanish-speaking country.

101 Kristin Kimble October 23, 2011 at 3:04 am

I would love to win this book please!!! My little girl is just starting school in the UK and we would benefit so much from helping us keep her German up and learn how to effectively enhance her mother tongue, too! Thank you!!!

102 Kristin Kimble October 23, 2011 at 3:05 am

I “like” you on Facebook, too! (And I also genuinely really like you, your website, the interesting articles etc.!) πŸ™‚ x

103 Kristin Kimble October 23, 2011 at 3:07 am

And I’ve signed up to your lovely interesting newsletter, thank you! <3

104 Ann October 23, 2011 at 6:07 am

I’m a bilingual coordinator at a large school and bilingual teacher. I work with hundreds of families. Many of my colleagues are raising bilingual children. I believe this is a great resource that I could share with them. I follow your blog through FB.

105 Ana Z October 23, 2011 at 7:32 am

I am conversational in Spanish, and I want my children to speak, at least, at my level.

106 Camila Walenbergh October 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

I would love to win this book because I’m raising my daughters tri-lingual (Spanish, English and Dutch) and as you can imagine we really need help to ensure they manage to learn properly the minority language.
I found it very difficult to find time to do school homework plus engagingthe girls to try to learn how to read and write in Spanish. I want them to have some free time too but often when I’m available to ‘teach’ them something in Spanish is not a good timing them.
I enjoy very much reading your posts on Facebook.
Thanks πŸ™‚

107 Camila Walenbergh October 23, 2011 at 7:49 am

I share you on Facebook.

108 Melissa Ackerman October 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

I am starting to help my preschooler learn Dutch and English. This book would be a wonderful help.

109 Melissa Ackerman October 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

I already LIKE Multilingual Living on Facebook.

110 Melissa Ackerman October 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

I shared a link to the book giveaway on Facebook.

111 Melissa Ackerman October 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

I am already on the Multilingual Living email list.

112 Andrea Friedmann October 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I am teaching my bilingual children to read and write in Spanish, which they do not learn at school, where they are being taught in English. We have often been told not to try to teach literacy in both languages at once, but believe that there’s no sense in putting off that learning, just as much as there was no sense in putting off teaching them one of the two languages! I am not trained to be a teacher, so all the help I can get, especially if it addresses our particular needs, is very well received!

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