7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, Nov 13, 2008 - Education - 208 pages
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The best time to learn a second language is as a child. During childhood, the brain is more receptive to language learning than at any other time in life. Aware that a second language can enrich their child’s understanding of other cultures and bring future job opportunities in a world drawn ever closer by globalization, many parents today are motivated to raise their children bilingual. This book helps parents in both monolingual and multilingual families determine and achieve their bilingual goals for their child, whether those goals are understanding others, the ability to speak a second language, reading and/or writing in two languages, or some combination of all of these. The authors explain how the brain learns more than one language, explode common myths, address frequently asked questions, and reveal an array of resources available to families. Packed with insightful anecdotes and powerful strategies, this is a one-of-a-kind guidebook for those seeking to provide their children with a uniquely valuable experience.
 

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Pediatrician Steiner (Tufts Medical Ctr.) has created a step-by-step plan to help parents who want their children to learn a second language. The book is geared to bilingual parents who no longer live ... Read full review

Contents

STEP 1 Building the Foundation for Your Childs Bilingualism
1
Defining Your Goals
25
STEP 3 Becoming a Bilingual Coach
51
STEP 4 Creating Your Bilingual Action Plan
65
STEP 5 Leaping over Predictable Obstacles
99
Reading and Writing in Two Languages
129
The Bilingual Child Goes to School
153
Conclusion
171
Bilingual Resource List
175
References
183
Index
191
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Naomi Steiner, M.D., is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Tufts Medical Center Boston. Dr. Steiner is an expert in the methods that are used to teach children more than one language, and she works closely with many bilingual and multilingual families. She is raising her own two children multilingual.

Susan L. Hayes is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Parent & Child, Parenting, Woman’s Day , and other publications.

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