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What to do when bilingual kids mix languages

What to do when bilingual kids mix languages (code-switching, a.k.a. code-mixing)• Don’t worry if your child mixes languages—language mixing is a common (and typically short-lived) phase of bilingual development.• Trust your child is not confused—she may not know (or be able to explain) that she’s using two languages, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest …

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Do Baby Signs Programs (Sign Language) Make Smarter Babies?

To investigate the question of whether baby signs programs help children acquire language earlier or advance their cognitive development, in 2003 researchers J. C. Johnston and colleagues examined seventeen recent studies of baby signing. Johnston found that the studies did not support the big claims made by the infancy industry, that baby signs help make …

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What to do when children reject to speak in the 2nd language

What to do when children reject to speak in the 2nd language (e.g. Spanish) Cases that worked (from Bilingual Edge p. 244-245) “• Anna (mother of Javier, age five): “We’ve had the most success using reverse psychology. Javier is super strong-willed and it’s actually helped at times to say to him something like ‘Spanish is …

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Types of bilingual education

TYPES OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION “Maintenance bilingual education: These programs are to help children become both and biliterate. In the United States, students in such programs typically speak a language other than English at home. Transitional bilingual education: These programs aim to help children transition from their native language for example, Spanish, Cambodian, Portuguese, Arabic) to …

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Bilingual Edge: Book Review

Bilingual Edge: Why, When and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language by Kendall King, PhD  & Alison Mackey, PhD BOOK REVIEW Source: King, K., & Mackey, A. (2007). The bilingual edge: Why, when, and how to teach your child a second language. New York: Collins In the first chapter, King and Mackey list dozens if …

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