The Bilingual Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Why, When, and How

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Education - 304 pages

It's no secret that parents want their children to have the lifelong cultural and intellectual advantages that come from being bilingual. Parents spend millions of dollars every year on classes, computer programs, and toys, all of which promise to help children learn a second language. But many of their best efforts (and investments) end in disappointment.

In The Bilingual Edge, professors and parents King and Mackey wade through the hype and provide clear insights into what actually works. No matter what your language background is—whether you never passed Spanish in high school or you speak Mandarin fluently—King and Mackey will help you:

  • select the language that will give your child the most benefits
  • find materials and programs that will assist your child in achieving fluency
  • identify and use your family's unique traits to maximize learning

Fancy private schools and expensive materials aren't needed. Instead, The Bilingual Edge translates the latest research into interactive strategies and quick tips that even the busiest parents can use.

 

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Contents

How Can Your Child Benefit from the Bilingual Edge?
3
Myths and Misconceptions about Learning a Second
16
Which Language Is Right for Your Child?
37
When Should Your Child Start Learning Another Language?
55
How Do Individual Differences Like Birth Order Gender
77
How Can You Best Promote Language
97
Be Educated and Entertained at the Same Time?
133
What Are the Characteristics of Good Second Language
152
What if My Child Mixes and Switches Languages?
183
What Do I Need to Know about Language Delay SoCalled
207
What Do I Need to Know about Trilingualism
220
What Can I Do if My Family Disagrees My Child Resists
235
The Bilingual Edge Is for Everyone
252
References and Resources
259
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Kendall King, Ph.D., and Alison Mackey, Ph.D. are linguistics professors at Georgetown University. Between them, they have written nearly a hundred research articles and books on bilingualism and language teaching methods. Also, they are both parents, teaching their children more than one language.

Kendall King, Ph.D., and Alison Mackey, Ph.D. are linguistics professors at Georgetown University. Between them, they have written nearly a hundred research articles and books on bilingualism and language teaching methods. Also, they are both parents, teaching their children more than one language.

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