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My Husband Teaches Physics in a Non-Native Language – Because He Can

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Waifer X My husband was born in Germany and attended German public schools. He started learning English in 5th grade and continued all through school. His teachers often had German accents when they spoke English and it is possible they made mistakes from time to time, but he learned English […]

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An American Family Living in Spain – Will My Son Be OK in School?

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My husband and I live in southern Spain with our four young children. Two boys (ages six and four) as well as two girls (ages two and one). We have decided to enroll our children in the local Spanish schools. So far this has been hardest on my six year old as he does not […]

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Parents Partnering With Teachers to Bring Up Multilingual Children

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By Karen Nemeth I work with preschools, Head Starts and child care programs all over the United States to help them be more effective in teaching young children who come from different language backgrounds. Everywhere I go, teachers ask me how they can work more effectively with parents to support their child’s education.  I believe […]

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Ask François Grosjean: Is It OK for Parents to Raise Bilingual Children in a Non-Native Language?

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While Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean was working on his wonderful book Bilingual: Life and Reality, he asked me to send him a list of questions that I felt weighed the heaviest on the minds of parents raising multilingual children. It is my honor to present both my questions and Prof. Grosjean’s answers here at Multilingual […]

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My Bilingual Children Only Answer Back in English & Speak German With Heavy American Accents

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I am raising my two children bilingually. I am originally from Germany so I only speak German with them. But my 7 year old always answers me in English and I am noticing that she is having more and more trouble speaking German. Also she has a very heavy American accent when she speaks German.

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