The teenage years are a fascinating time in the life of any family, but what happens when the challenges of parenting teenagers are combined with the desire to help your children build on their multilingual abilities? In this follow-up to Growing up with Three Languages: Birth to Eleven, Xiao-lei Wang offers a unique insight into the dynamics of a multilingual family. She combines practical, evidence-based advice with rich detail from observations of her own family to offer support and inspiration on an aspect of multilingual parenting that has received comparatively little attention. By placing language within the wider context of teenagers' cognitive and social development, this book will enable parents everywhere to help and guide their children through the next step in their multilingual journey.
Xiao-lei Wang is Professor and Acting Dean of the School of Education at Pace University, USA. She is the author of Growing up with Three Languages: Birth to Eleven (Multilingual Matters, 2008) and Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family (Multilingual Matters, 2011). She is a regular speaker on child development and parenting at local, national and international parents' associations and academic conferences.
Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Heritage-Language Maintenance and Multilingual Development in the Teenage Years Chapter 3. Multilingual Sound System Development During Adolescence Chapter 4. Multilingual Word and Meaning Development During Adolescence Chapter 5. Multilingual Word- and Sentence-Structure Development During Adolescence Chapter 6. The Development of Multilingual Knowledge and Usage During Adolescence Chapter 7. Multilingual Literacies Development During Adolescence Chapter 8. Developing Multiple Identities During Adolescence Chapter 9. Multilingual Childrearing and Family Welfare Chapter 10. Pulling It Together: Concluding Thoughts Appendix: Examples of Standardized Language Assessments Glossary