A Parent's Guide to Bilingualism

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BoD – Books on Demand, 2001 - Bilingualism - 163 pages
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Contents

back to the beginning
13
On bilingualism
19
The mixedmarriage family
21
Studies on bilingualism
22
The study
25
The families interviewed
27
The actual interviews
29
Myths and prejudice
35
The main points in brief
105
Access to the minority language
107
Visits to and from Englishspeaking countries
109
Planning or just letting it happen
111
A shift in language use as children grow older
112
The main points in brief
114
Problems of raising children bilingually
115
Problems of language learning and performance
117

What is prejudice?
38
The kinds of prejudice families encountered
39
Some unusual examples of prejudice
42
Prejudice and late language development
44
Parents and childrens own prejudice
46
The main points in brief
49
How children become bilingual What makes a difference
51
Parents Language Backgrounds
53
Main points in brief
56
Strategies
57
The domain policy
62
Successive bilingualism
64
Families that did not succeed with the one parentone language policy
66
Families that chose to mix the languages
67
How attitudes affect strategies and ways of realising them
69
Language as only one of the priorities in a childs upbringing
71
The question of force
73
The main points in brief
76
The childs position in the family
77
The advantages for the second child
78
Families with four or more children
79
Families in which there was a considerable age gap between the children
80
Parents who believed a childs position in the family played no part in language learning
81
Attitudes to language and to bilingualism
83
An interest in bilingualism for other reasons
84
Negative attitudes to bilingualism
88
The relationship between personality and attitudes to language
92
Some general opinions on the role of personality
93
Positive and negative effects of personalities
94
Emotional ties and language learning
100
The influence of society on language learning
102
Do parents attitudes influence those of their children?
104
A word about the role of natural aptitude
118
Existential and other practical problems Childrens health and developmental problems
119
Parents problems
120
The isolation of minoritylanguage speakers
123
Marital problems
124
Difficulties created by relatives
125
English lessons in mainstream schools
126
How parents attempted to tackle these problems
127
When the child uses the wrong language
128
Mixing codeswitching and correcting
130
Solving other problems resulting from bilingualism
132
language loss lack of opportunity to hear and speak English and mainstream schools
134
The main points in brief
135
What you can achieve and how you should set about it
137
How satisfied are you likely to be
139
How parents accounted for the achievement
140
What might have been done differently?
142
Possible regrets of parents who abandoned bilingualism
144
How the young people are currently using their English
146
The main points in brief
148
What seems to be important
149
The factors which help children to become bilingual
151
Language as a tool
152
Parents educational levels
153
The strategy
154
Other factors involved
155
The varying importance of the factors
158
The question of choice
159
General concluding comments
160
The most important points to bear in mind
162
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