ERIC Number: ED224330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Bilingual Children: Guidance for the Family. Multilingual Matters 3.
Concerns that parents might have about raising their children bilingually are addressed, and a case study of an Australian family pursuing this course over an 8-year period is presented. In addition, relevant research into bilingualism is cited. Bilingualism means having command of two languages, and bilinguals can range from the rare equilingual who is indistinguishable from a native speaker in both languages to the person who has just begun to acquire a second language. This book, which is written for the general reader, includes the following topical areas: (1) factors to consider in determining a bilingual's dominant language; (2) motives for creating bilingualism; (3) infant bilingualism; (4) children's communications strategies; (5) communication with members of the family, animals, and toys; (6) role-playing; (7) storytelling by the parents; (8) code switching and triggering; (9) quotational switching; (10) attitudes of monolingual English-speakers; (11) influences from relatives, friends, playmates; (12) the children and German-English bilinguals; (13) kindergarten and school; (14) use of the "wrong" language; (15) children's reluctance to speak the home language and other possible problems; (16) measuring proficiency in both languages; (17) biliteracy; (18) how the children view bilingualism; and (19) resources in developing bilingualism. Children's acquisition of bilingualism is shown to be something normal, positive, rewarding, and enriching for both children and their parents. (SW)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Case Studies, Child Language, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Code Switching (Language), Elementary Secondary Education, English, Family Environment, German, Interference (Language), Language Attitudes, Language Dominance, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Tests, Parent Influence, Peer Relationship, Preschool Education, Young Children
Multilingual Matters Ltd., Bank House, 8a Hill Rd., Clevedon, Avon BS21 7HH, England (paperback-5.40 pounds; hardback-13.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A