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7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child (Paperback) (Naomi Steiner & Susan L. Hayes)
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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.
Steiner is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Tufts Medical Center, Boston; born in England, she grew up multilingual in Switzerland, and is currently raising her own two children to be multilingual. Drawing on her own experiences and the information she has gathered from professionals and research studies, she offers interested parents a practical, seven-step guide to raising a bilingual child. Coverage includes building the foundation for your child's bilingualism, defining your bilingual goals for your child, becoming a bilingual planner and coach, creating an action plan, dealing with likely obstacles, the benefits of including reading and writing skills as part of your child's bilingual goals, bilingual opportunities in the public school system, and handling special situations that can affect bilingual academic progress. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Number of Pages: 202
Genre: Family + Relationships, Foreign Language Study
Sub-Genre: Parenting / General
Publisher: Amacom Books
Author: Naomi Steiner & Susan L. Hayes
Street Date: November 13, 2008
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-5209
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