Growing Up with Two Languages: A Practical Guide for Multilingual Families and Those Who Support Them

Author:   Una Cunningham
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
Edition:   4th New edition
ISBN:  

9780815380566


Pages:   206
Publication Date:   10 March 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Growing Up with Two Languages provides a highly accessible account of the stages of language development, describes and evaluates the various systems and strategies that can be adopted and looks at the problems that can occur when a child is exposed to two languages and cultures. Combining research-informed advice and the experience of parents raising children as speakers of a wide range of languages in every populated continent in the world, this book and its associated web material will answer questions, offer tried and tested strategies to keep children speaking a minority language, and provide material to enlist the support of the extended family, teachers and others. The perspective of adults who were themselves raised speaking more than one language is included. New to this edition is a chapter focusing on families raising children as speakers of indigenous and threatened languages as well as chapters for teachers and health professionals who want to know more about multilingual child language development and how they can support parents to continue speaking their language with their children. With new and updated first-hand advice, Internet resources and examples throughout, this book also includes a chapter that introduces important recent research into multilingual children and further reading guides for those who want to know more. This book is for parents who are raising or plan to raise children as speakers of more than one language, and for the teachers and healthcare workers who meet and can support them.

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Author:   Una Cunningham
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Edition:   4th New edition
Weight:   0.400kg
ISBN:  

9780815380566


ISBN 10:   0815380569
Pages:   206
Publication Date:   10 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Every family with two languages should have this book! Stephen Ryan, The Bilingual Family Newsletter This is a truly valuable book for anyone living in a multilingual situation. Drawing on her own experience and on research, Una Cunningham addresses the questions that parents, teachers, and others may have about what's best for children living multilingual lives. While the adults will welcome this book, its real value is in showing how we can enrich the lives of children growing up with two or more languages. John Macalister, Victoria University of Wellington, Australia Based on sound research and personal experience, this book answers questions crucial for parents and educators embarking on a fascinating journey towards bilingual upbringing. Combining theory and practice, the book offers guidelines for practitioners as well as insights for students and researchers. Ewa Waniek-Klimczak, University of Lodz, Poland Una Cunningham shows to everyone who deals with bilingual children an intriguing but also clear path to successful bilingualism. Read this book - it will definitely support you in various situations. Natalia Gagarina, Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS), Germany Praise for the first edition: 'A well-written and comprehensible guidebook ... offers readers the basic concepts of bilingualism and practical suggestions for the problems that naturally arise in everyday life.' - International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 'A book like this is decades overdue. ... Growing Up with Two Languages is an excellent guide for working through day-to-day issues of bilingual parenting and long-term strategies for dealing with such fundamental issues as children's cultural identity and social comfort.' - Naomi S. Baron, American University, Washington 'Every family with two languages should have this book!' - Stephen Ryan, The Bilingual Family Newsletter 'It's wonderful that this excellent resource for multilingual families has been updated. The original edition sits on a shelf at home with other well-worn companions of my early childrearing days, and I find it somehow comforting to know that the authors' children have - like my own sons - grown older, giving their parents not only new insights, but a renewed conviction that the multilingual path they chose for their family was the right one.' - Marina Zvetina, Board member, ImF - Interest Group for Multilingual Families in Germany


Every family with two languages should have this book! Stephen Ryan, The Bilingual Family Newsletter This is a truly valuable book for anyone living in a multilingual situation. Drawing on her own experience and on research, Una Cunningham addresses the questions that parents, teachers, and others may have about what's best for children living multilingual lives. While the adults will welcome this book, its real value is in showing how we can enrich the lives of children growing up with two or more languages. John Macalister, Victoria University of Wellington, Australia Based on sound research and personal experience, this book answers questions crucial for parents and educators embarking on a fascinating journey towards bilingual upbringing. Combining theory and practice, the book offers guidelines for practitioners as well as insights for students and researchers. Ewa Waniek-Klimczak, University of Lodz, Poland


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Una Cunningham is Professor of English Language Education at Stockholm University, Sweden. She has worked in language education in Sweden, Spain, Vietnam, Poland and New Zealand. She and her husband, Staffan Andersson, raised their four children to speak English and Swedish in Sweden.

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