Being multilingual

In Defense of the Bilingual Child

This is a brilliant post from Eowyn Crisfield about “what to say” if you have a bilingual child.

on raising bilingual children


These three phrases, and the knowledge that goes behind them, could be the most important tools parents have when advocating for their bilingual child:

1) “His/her language development is on-target for bilingual acquisition. Would you like me to give you some resources to read about this topic?”

– This phrase demonstrates that you are not susceptible to fear-based tactics, and that you are following your child’s language development closely. In addition, it shows that you have knowledge about the topic, and have actual information behind your statements. And it shows that you are happy to be helpful and share the information with them.

2) “Research demonstrates that bilingualism has many benefits for children. Would you like me to give you some resources to read about this topic?”

– “Research demonstrates” is a powerful phrase when going up against health and education professionals. If you know what research says about bilingualism…

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    • Yes, isn’t it? I do realize now, raising multilingual children myself, what my mom went through fourty years ago, when people was less prepared and open minded about this topic. She did a brilliant job raising me and my sister as perfect bilinguals and then multilinguals.


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