The Multilingual Mind: Issues Discussed By, For, and about People Living with Many 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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( 1994 : 1656-1660 ) As Francois Grosjean points out , it is estimated that at least half of the world is bilingual , indicating that this is not a strange or rare phenomenon , but rather much more common than many of us would have ...
This has led researchers to propose other definitions of bilingualism , such as : the ability to produce meaningful utterances in two ( or more ) languages , the command of at least one language skill ( reading , writing , speaking ...
( 1 ) At least half of the world is bilingual , but only in oral skills , as ( 2 ) multiliteracy skills are an exception , not the rule . ( 3 ) Bilingualism is not only a matter of degrees or levels of fluency but rather a question of ...
However , it is false . Why would so many people believe it is true ? There are at least four categories of answers . First , some adults feel that too many languages can cause " brain overload , " or undue stress on a child because ...
That is , if a child comes from a poor social background with little education in her first language , chances for success with a second language are also poor , at least on the level of literacy skills ( though the child may become ...
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Teaching Languages Using the Multiple Intelligences and the Senses
The Role of the Sense of Smell in Language Learning
TwoWay Immersion Programs in the United States
MATH MUSIC AND MULTILINGUALS
The Relationship Between Musical Ability and Foreign Languages Communication via Sounds and via Words
SOCIETY AND LANGUAGES
Third Culture Kids A Special Case for Foreign Language Learning
The Yellow Streetcar Shaping a Polyphonic Identity
Linguistic Hegemony Is There a Superior Language?
Foreign Adoption and Bilingualism
Bringing Up Bilingual Children in Scarce Language Environments How the Internet Can Help
Multilingualism and Cosmopolitanism
Language Math and Thought Vygotskys Concept of Inner Speech
DEGREES OF MULTILINGUALISM
In the Beginning Was the Word Language and the Womb
First Choice Option From Birth
Bilingualism from Birth
Trilingualism A Study of Children Growing Up with Three Languages
What You Speak Only One Language? A Trilingual Familys Story
A Voice within a Voice Federman TranslatingTranslating Federman
Challenges to Normal Bilingualism Downs Syndrome Deafness and Dyslexia
About the Editor and Contributors