Have you ever been told that raising your child to speak multiple languages will harm their development? Are teachers or other professionals suspicious of your efforts? Are you sometimes unsure if you are helping your child's language development, or are you uncertain where to start? It is increasingly recognised among researchers that, far from harming a child's development, being exposed to multiple languages from birth or early childhood can result in linguistic, creative and social advantages. The authors, all multilinguals themselves, parents of multilingual children, and researchers on language and multilingualism, aim to provide advice and inspiration for multilingual families across the world. The latest research on multilingualism and the authors' own experiences are used to provide a friendly, accessible guide to raising and nurturing happy multilingual children.
Julia Festman works at the Pedagogical University Tyrol, Austria. She is the mother of Aya (12) and Noam (8), and they speak German, English and some Hebrew. Gregory J. Poarch works at the University of Munster, Germany. He is the father of Loic (15) who speaks Dutch, English and German. Jean-Marc Dewaele works at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. He is the father of Livia (20) who speaks English, Dutch, French, some Spanish and some martial art Japanese.
Preface Chapter 1. Ten Good Reasons for Raising a Child with More Than One Language BEFORE Entering School Chapter 2. The Stories of Our Multilingual Children Chapter 3. Some Background Information on Learning, Methods and Language Policies, and Suggestions to Ensure Successful Early Multilingual Acquisition Chapter 4. Developing a Good Language Policy for the Multilingual Family Chapter 5. How to Foster a Multilingual Home and How to Deal With Some Concerns about Multilingualism Conclusion