The Multilingual Mind: Issues Discussed By, For, and about People Living with Many Languages

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Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Всего страниц: 295


The bulk of the world's population is multilingual, and one in seven Americans speak a language other than English at home. Multilinguals crave answers to question both basic and profound, questions relating to linguistic identity, schools, multiliteracy, how languages are actually learned, and why there are so many variations on individual success. Tokuhama-Espinosa combines solid research, humor, and real-life examples into 21 informative and entertaining essays about people who experience the world with multiple languages.

This book tackles common misconceptions about polyglots (too many languages can cause brain overload, some languages are easier to learn than others, an adult cannot learn a foreign language as fast as a child, etc.)

Other topics include:

- Curriculum choice

- Teaching languages using the multiple intelligences

- How different education systems can influence multilingual skills

- Language's relationship to mental tasks such as music and math

- Languages from the womb and bilingualism from birth

- The growth of the trilingual family

- The societal situation of third culture kids (those growing outside of their parents' native country)

- A special case for foreign language development

- The emerging cross-area study of multilingualism and cosmopolitanism

- Questions of linguistic identity

- Challenges to normal foreign language learning, such as dyslexia, Downs Syndrome, and deafness

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Myths About Multilingualism
1
SCHOOLING AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES
13
Teaching Languages Using the Multiple Intelligences and the Senses
15
The Role of the Sense of Smell in Language Learning
21
Multiliteracy Skills
31
TwoWay Immersion Programs in the United States
47
MATH MUSIC AND MULTILINGUALS
63
The Relationship Between Musical Ability and Foreign Languages Communication via Sounds and via Words
65
SOCIETY AND LANGUAGES
163
Third Culture Kids A Special Case for Foreign Language Learning
165
The Yellow Streetcar Shaping a Polyphonic Identity
171
Linguistic Hegemony Is There a Superior Language?
189
Foreign Adoption and Bilingualism
197
Bringing Up Bilingual Children in Scarce Language Environments How the Internet Can Help
207
Multilingualism and Cosmopolitanism
213
INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
233

Language Math and Thought Vygotskys Concept of Inner Speech
81
Multilingual Mathematics
91
DEGREES OF MULTILINGUALISM
99
In the Beginning Was the Word Language and the Womb
101
First Choice Option From Birth
109
Bilingualism from Birth
115
Trilingualism A Study of Children Growing Up with Three Languages
129
What You Speak Only One Language? A Trilingual Familys Story
151
A Voice within a Voice Federman TranslatingTranslating Federman
235
Challenges to Normal Bilingualism Downs Syndrome Deafness and Dyslexia
243
Conclusion
255
Bibliography
257
Subject Index
277
Name Index
283
About the Editor and Contributors
293
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TRACEY TOKUHAMA-ESPINOSA is a native of California who received her Master's of Education at Harvard University and has taught in international schools in Japan, Ecuador, France, and Ecuador. She is currently Professor of Education, Psychology, and Cognitive Sciences at the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Tracey has given numerous workshops on raising multilingual children to schools and families in Australia, Norway, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Ecuador, and England. She speaks and writes in English and Spanish fluently, knows conversational French, some Japanese, and is studying basic German. She and her husband are raising their three children in four languages.

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