Raising Children to be Bilingual

bilingualStatistics show that about 43% of the world’s population speaks at least two languages. Before you get even more intimidated, however, realize that much of this is by necessity, often because of geographic location or the ethnicity one is born into.

In this episode, we sit down with two moms who are teaching their children a second language by choice, although not necessarily for all the same reasons. You’ll meet Merry MacIvor Anderson, a Caucasian from Tennessee who speaks only Spanish with her two boys. And Daniela Ciliberti Nichols, an Italian married to an American, who is teaching her three children Italian in the midst of an English-speaking culture.

If you’re a parent (or grandparent) interested in exposing your young children to another language, here are some articles I think you’ll find helpful and encouraging:

Raising a Bilingual Child: The Top Five Myths

Raising Bilingual Children

Raising Bilingual Children: The First Five Steps to Success

As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated! Just leave a comment below or email me at podcast@daviddurham.org.

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One Response to Raising Children to be Bilingual

  1. Mary Lou Knox July 17, 2016 at 4:07 am #

    When studing for my ESL certificate, I learned that the US A has the foriegn language program for the wrong age group. Children from the ages of birth to about 12 are able to hear sounds they can’ hear when they are older. This enables them to learn any language, and without an accent.(Krashen) It is easier for a pre schooler to learn other languages than it is for a high-schooler. I found that true in my experience as an ESL teacher.

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