7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child
Author: Naomi Steiner, MD
Pub Date: November 2008
Print Edition: $14.95
Print ISBN: 9780814400463
Page Count: 208
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e-Book ISBN: 9780814401767
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Table of Contents
Step 1: Building the Foundation for Your Child’s Bilingualism
What Does It Mean to Be a Bilingual Family
What Does It Mean to Be Bilingual?
7 Common Myths about Bilingualism
The Bilingual Advantage
Step 2: Making It Happen: Defining Your Goals
Decide Which Languages Are Important to You and Why
Identify Your Motivations for—and Your Reservations about—Bilingualism
Worksheet 1 Language Questionnaire
Choose Which Language(s) You and Your Partner Are Going to Speak to Your Child
Set a Start Date
Determine How Proficient You Hope Your Child Will Be in a Second Language
Do a Reality Check. Are Your Proficiency Goals Realistic for Your Family?
Take into Account That One Language Will Be Dominant
Worksheet 2 My Bilingual Goals and Choices
Step 3: Becoming a Bilingual Coach
Part One: Taking Charge
Part Two: Who Speaks Which Language When?
Step 4: Creating Your Bilingual Action Plan
Part One: Maximizing Language Input at Home
Part Two: Making The Most of Community and Family Resources
Part Three: FindingSchool Support
Part Four: How Three Families Are Raising Bilingual Children
Part Five: Create Your Own Bilingual Action Plan
Worksheet 3 What Are the Key Components to My Bilingual Action Plan?
Worksheet 4 Our Family’s Weekly Bilingual Schedule
Step 5: Leaping over Predictable Obstacles
Predictable Obstacle 1: I’m Not Sure That I’m Speaking to My Child in a Way That Will Help Him Become Bilingual
Predictable Obstacle 2: My Child Does Not Want to Speak My Language Anymore—She Only Wants to Speak English
Predictable Obstacle 3: My Child Keeps Mixing Languages
Predictable Obstacle 4: I’m Self-Conscious about Speaking My Language to My Child in Public
Predictable Obstacle 5: Because I’m the One Who Speaks a Second Language, I Feel Like I’m the One Doing All the Work to Raise Our Child Bilingual
Predictable Obstacle 6: My Work Schedule Has Become Really Hectic, and There’s Little Time for My Child’s Bilingualism
Step 6: The “Two Rs”: Reading and Writing in Two Languages
Reading in a Second Language
The Write Stuff
Step 7: Adapting to School: The Bilingual Child Goes to School
Part One: Public Bilingual Education Programs: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re at, and Where We’re Going
Part Two: Results May Vary: How to Handle Special Situations That Can Affect Your Child’s Bilingual Academic Progress
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