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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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