By Colin Baker

During this available consultant to bilingualism within the kinfolk and the study room, Colin Baker provides a practical photo of the thrill and problems of elevating bilingual teenagers. The Q&A structure of this booklet makes it the normal selection for the busy mother or father or instructor who wishes a simple reference advisor to the main commonly asked questions. This revised variation comprises additional information on bilingualism within the electronic age, and accommodates the most recent study in components similar to neonatal language adventure, multilingualism, language blending and the influence that siblings have on family members language selection.

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When children use a majority language and have the possibility of becoming bilingual in another majority or a minority language, this is usually regarded as an additive bilingual situation. The first language, a prestigious majority language, is not under threat. It won't be replaced by the second language, be it a majority or a minority second language. Through the home and/or the school, a child adds a new language and culture without loss. A different situation is where a minority language child is expected to learn a second majority language in the home or more often at school.

Thanks also to her husband, Barry, who for over 20 years has been the University's computing backbone and has always responded helpfully to my computing requests. The draft manuscript was shown to a variety of people. There were anonymous Readers appointed by the publishers who gave searching, valuable and constructive advice. I am most grateful to these people for their sound recommendations and careful examination of the draft text. One of the academic reviewers appointed by the publishers kindly contributed her unique combination of personal, family multilingualism with academic expertise in bilingualism.

103 C17 People around me are prejudiced and racist. Should we as a family switch to speaking only the majority language? 104 C18 I'm a recent in-migrant to a country. Should I stop speaking my native language and switch to the first language of that country? 105 C19 My second language is not perfect. Should I speak it to my child? g. doctor, psychologist, speech therapist, teacher) advised me against bilingualism. Is this correct? 108 Section D: Reading and Writing Questions D1 Should my child learn to read in one language first?

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