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Raising Bilingual Children: Tips for When the Home Language Differs From the Community Language

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By Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP Photo credit: istockphoto Be Intentional Realize that everyday activities such as mealtimes, getting dressed, bath time, and playtime are all opportunities for talking, teaching, and providing quality language exposure. Be intentional about ongoing verbal interactions about things, routines and events in your child’s life. Arrange for varied opportunities […]

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Still trilingual at ten: Livia’s multilingual journey

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By Jean-Marc Dewaele Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine When I wrote my first article on my daughter Livia’s trilingualism in 2000, she was three years old, and she had managed to acquire active knowledge of English, Dutch and French, as well as a passive knowledge of Urdu. I described the relief I felt as […]

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5 Concerns About Children Becoming Bilingual Answered by Prof. Fred Genesee

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Families around the world are raising bilingual children and living linguistically rich lives. Yet childhood bilingualism continues to be poorly understood. Why so many misconceptions and what can we learn from today’s research? By Fred Genesee Photo credit: Parker Michael Knight From Multilingual Living Magazine Language acquisition is an everyday and yet magical feat of […]

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Bilingual Siblings: The School Language Effect

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Have you ever wondered to what degree siblings influence the language dynamic in a bilingual family? Does each child prefer the same language? How does each child influence the language preferences of the others? Surprisingly, sibling language use is an uncharted area when it comes to bilingualism research. To help fill this void, Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert […]

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Bilingual Siblings: Our ‘Preferred’ Language

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Have you ever wondered to what degree siblings influence the language dynamic in a bilingual family? Does each child prefer the same language? How does each child influence the language preferences of the others? Surprisingly, sibling language use is an uncharted area when it comes to bilingualism research. To help fill this void, Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert […]

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What Happens to Second-Generation International Children?

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By Bettina Ribes-Gil Photo credit: CarbonNYC Introduction As a follow-up to my article on Immigration and Language, the question arises of what happens to the second-generation international children? A definition of a second-generation international child is that at least one parent was born outside the host country. Purists require both parents to be foreign-born. The […]

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Immigration and Language

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By Bettina Ribes-Gil Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine Photo credit: hatman12 An immigrant is a person living in a country that is not their own, often separated from the core family and in a culture with which they are not familiar. They include diplomats, officials working for international organizations, multinational corporations and international banks, […]

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Teaching Children to Read and Write in More Than One Orthography: Tips for Parents

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By Xiao-lei Wang, Pace University Photo credit: Lance Shields As our world becomes increasingly globalized and mobile, more and more parents are now motivated not only to speak their heritage language to their children, but also to teach them to read and write it. Compared to oral language development, the process of learning to read […]

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Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family: Chapter 7 (Final Chapter)

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What bilingual or multilingual family is not at least curious about how to raise biliterate and multiliterate children? Yet it can seem like a daunting task. Helping our children speak another language may already be a challenge, how can we even begin to think about teaching our children to read and write in additional languages? […]

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Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family: Chapter 6

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What bilingual or multilingual family is not at least curious about how to raise biliterate and multiliterate children? Yet it can seem like a daunting task. Helping our children speak another language may already be a challenge, how can we even begin to think about teaching our children to read and write in additional languages? […]

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Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family: Chapter 5

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What bilingual or multilingual family is not at least curious about how to raise biliterate and multiliterate children? Yet it can seem like a daunting task. Helping our children speak another language may already be a challenge, how can we even begin to think about teaching our children to read and write in additional languages? […]

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Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family: Chapter 4

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What bilingual or multilingual family is not at least curious about how to raise biliterate and multiliterate children? Yet it can seem like a daunting task. Helping our children speak another language may already be a challenge, how can we even begin to think about teaching our children to read and write in additional languages? […]

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