By Colin Baker
During this available consultant to bilingualism within the family members and the school room, Colin Baker promises a practical photograph of the fun and problems of elevating bilingual young children. The Q&A structure of this publication makes it the usual selection for the busy guardian or instructor who wishes a simple reference advisor to the main commonly asked questions. This revised variation contains additional information on bilingualism within the electronic age, and comprises the newest study in components comparable to neonatal language event, multilingualism, language blending and the influence that siblings have on kin language selection.
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Additional info for A parents' and teachers' guide to bilingualism
When meeting those who do not speak their language particularly well, bilinguals may be more patient listeners than monolinguals. This is considered in detail later in the book. There are potential economic advantages (indeed increasing economic advantages) of being bilingual. A person with two languages may have a wider portfolio of jobs available in the future. As economic trade barriers fall, as Page 5 international relationships become closer, as Unions and partnerships across nations become more widespread, ever more jobs are likely to require a person to be bilingual or multilingual.
With Professor Ofelia Garca of the City College of New York, he edited a book of readings: Policy and Practice in Bilingual Education: A Reader Extending the Foundations (1995). With Sylvia Prys Jones, the author wrote an Encyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (1998). Therefore, this book is informed by a knowledge of Page xxi international research, and several decades of academic writing and research on bilingualism and bilingual education. The book also contains insights gained through lecturing in this area for over a decade to undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and parents.
This means that the link between a word and its concept is usually looser. Sometimes corresponding words in different languages have different connotations. For example, 'kitchen' in English has traditionally been a place of hard work (as in the phrase 'tied to the kitchen sink'). The French concept of 'cuisine' is a place for creativity, a place where the family congregate, not only to eat, but also to socialize. When slightly different associations are attached to each word, the bilingual may be able to think more fluently, flexibly and creatively.
A parents' and teachers' guide to bilingualism by Colin Baker