The fifth edition of this bestselling book provides a comprehensive introduction to bilingualism and bilingual education. In a compact and clear style, its 19 chapters cover all the crucial issues in bilingualism at individual, group and national levels. These include more common topics such as defining who is bilingual and multilingual; the development of bilingualism in infancy and childhood; age and language learning; and effective teaching and learning methods in bilingual classrooms. Less ordinary topics include endangered languages; language planning and language revival; bilingual special education; assimilation and pluralism; the politics surrounding language minorities and bilingual education; bilingualism and employment; and bilingualism and the internet.
Studies of the multilingual practices of Turkish speaking adolescents in North Western Europe. The speakers use their different languages for a wide range of purposes: getting their way, creating a comfortable atmosphere, saving face, being polite, showing respect, showing disrespect, scolding, and in many other ways to administer their social relations. The skills demonstrated by the young speakers are almost never taken into account by the majority societies.
What is the state of multicultural education in child care centres in Western European countries, and what should multicultural education in these centres look like are two questions addressed in this book. Answering these questions is important for the improvement of the quality of education in child care centres. The situation in the Netherlands was taken as the main case. Situations in eight other Western European countries (England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, France and Spain) were studied as well.
Written in an accessible, non-academic style, this resource provides current research and real solutions to everyday problems faced by parents in a bilingual family. This research is used to help children deal with emotional issues and special situations, while helping parents understand language acquisition and cognitive development related to childhood bilingualism, whether by necessity or by choice. Issues addressed include the bilingual brain, school, biliteracy at home, emotional issues, and daily dilemmas. This information is used to provide guidance to parents in evaluating their own language situation in order to identify strengths the family can build on in promoting the children’s bilingualism. Also addressed are questions and challenges that can arise when raising children bilingually and learning from the experiences and advice of other parents. An appendix of resources is also included.
This book is a case study carefully detailing the French/English bilingual and biliterate development of three children in one family beginning with their births and ending in late adolescence. The author and researcher is the children’s French/English bilingual American father, who was aided by his bilingual French Canadian wife (also the children’s mother). They reared their three children in two different cultures— essentially monolingual English-speakingLouisiana, and totally monolingual French-speaking Québec. The family spent academic years inLouisiana, and the summer months in Québec. Their strategy was to speak only French to their son and their identical twin daughters.(Multilingual Matters)