A Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Bilingualism: Third Edition

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Multilingual Matters, Sep 26, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 248 pages
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Written in a very reader-friendly style, the book is a practical introduction for parents and teachers to bilingualism. Straightforward and realistic answers are given to a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions about bilingualism and bilingual education. Areas covered include family, language, culture, identity, reading , writing, schooling and issues. In the third edition, there is new or more detailed consideration of: • Moving between countries, cultural adaptation • Identity issues • One parent - one language (OPOL) families • Pre schools / kindergartens / nursery schools • Helping with homework • Dyslexia • Language scaffolding • Multilingualism and trilingualism; trilingual families • Adoption • WWW links, articles and books for further reading
 

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Contents

Family Questions
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A8 Im a oneparent family How can I raise my child bilingually?
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A14 What kind of community support is valuable for bilingualism?
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Language Development Questions
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B6 Will my child become equally fluent in two languages?
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B10 Are there benefits if my child has a less welldeveloped second
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B13 Should my child keep the two languages separate in different
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B17 Do bilinguals learn a third language easier than monolinguals learn
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D7 Which approach to teaching reading works best? The look
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D13 My child has been diagnosed as dyslexic Should we develop
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E4 What should I look out for in choosing a school for
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E5 Should my child be taught bilingually in the primary school
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E15 What are Dual Language Peace schools?
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E22 What language strategies are used in immersion classrooms?
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E29 Are there positive effects of learning through the medium of
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E38 Should Science and Mathematics be taught in an international
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B22 When will my bilingual child be able to interpret and translate
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B23 How much will experience of majority language mass media
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C4 My teenage child is speaking the majority language more and more
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C14 My child seems to have learning difficulties Is this due
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C19 People make fun of our speaking a minority language How should
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Reading and Writing Questions
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F6 Language is an important part of our religion Should my child
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F9 Books on child care and child development warn me against
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Glossary
202
Index
226
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About the author (2007)

Colin Baker is Professor of Education at the University of Wales, Bangor and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has three bilingual children and frequently gives talks to parents and teachers on bilingualism. He is the author of 14 books and over 50 articles on bilingualism and bilingual education, with specific interests in bilingual development in young children and bilingual education. His books include 'Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (4th edition 2006) which has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Latvian, Greek and Mandarin. He is the Editor of the International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education.

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