Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2 book reviews for Bilingual Siblings: Language Use in Families

Review:
Multilingual parents are often surprised by the different language preferences of their children. Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert shows just how dynamic the family language situation becomes with the arrival of younger siblings, thus putting the finger on an under-researched area of bilingualism research. She combines academic rigor with extensive hands-on experience and manages to present the issues with vivid descriptions and insightful comments and suggestions. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in bilingual and multilingual families.
Dr.Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck College, University of London

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/linguistics/our-staff/jean-marc-dewaele

A resounding cheer goes out to Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert for writing this insightful, informative and truly essential book for families raising more than one child in more than one language. This book is packed with research, family profiles, an overview of various myths, personal stories, and much, much more. It is an amazing resource for anyone eager to understand why bilingual children in the same family develop along uniquely individual linguistic paths. My only regret is that this book was not around many years ago before my three children were born.
Corey Heller, Editor-In-Chief of Multilingual Living Magazine

http://www.multilingualliving.com/

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Best4Future Blog: Bringing Up Baby Bilingual! said...

In my family, we follow OPOL rule, but not rigidly. Sometimes I still read English books to children. And I allow children to speak English to me when I talk to them in Chinese. I think the key is to keep them interested in learning Chinese and want to learn Chinese.

I added your site to my "link" page (http://www.best4future.com/blog/links) so that I can find a way back to visit. Keep in touch!