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Raising Multilingual Children


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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

About the Author

Julia Festman works at the University of Potsdam, Germany. 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.


This book is exactly what parents of multilingual children have been looking for: an inspiring, entertaining, and at the same time scientifically accurate account of what it means to raise children with more than two languages. The book is packed with facts, ideas, and advice for parents and it shows both the benefits and the challenges of early multilingualism. Antonella Sorace, University of Edinburgh, UK This is the first reader friendly book of advice on trilingual upbringing to appear, illustrated by three case studies from parents who have experienced the tactics that worked and some which backfired. The well-informed, knowledgeable authors provide an excellent balance between fascinating personal anecdotes and serious commentary which includes many tips, practical hints and some warnings on how to cope with the challenges involved. Hugo Baetens Beardsmore, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

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