By George Saunders

The writer goals to allay doubts and fears in regards to the elevating of bilingual kids through drawing on a variety of learn in addition to case experiences. The textual content, that is suited for the overall reader, stresses that bilingualism is either basic and optimistic.

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Ideally, such children should also receive assistance with their school work in their stronger language. ) As will be discussed further in chapter 2, the best way for parents to help children in such a position is not by giving up speaking their own language to them and attempting to use the language of the school in the home, but to do their best to ensure that they provide them with as much input as possible in the home language.  From the strictly neurological point of view, a brain can handle two languages just as easily as one.

This is clearly not a problem with retrieving information from memory, but rather a vocabulary problem (which, if desired, can usually be rectified by seeking out the appropriate terminology in the other language).  He says that the effects of bilingualism have been so closely scrutinized because the monolingual viewpoint regards bilingualism as the exception, whereas, as he rightly points out, at least half of the world's population is bilingual: As a bilingual myself, I have often wondered why the cognitive consequences of monolingualism have not been investigated with the same care!

Thus, even parents with little proficiency in the language of the school can assist their children academically by providing them with as much input as possible in their own native language. Using the parents' native language within the family, a language in which the parents most probably feel more at ease and are more proficient, would also have the advantage of improving the children's esteem for them.  As a result, most of the school­age children had language difficulties to overcome following their return to Italy.

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