Many parents have questions about raising a bilingual child and I am here to answer them!
Parents worry that their bilingual child will fall behind. Some parents have questions on how to teach two languages.
For this reason, I created this page. I want to give tips and answer common questions that I am frequently asked by my clients.
Good for you for wanting to raise a child who speaks more than one language! You are a great parent and the answer is yes! Some options are:
The key here is exposure. You need to have good quality and consistent exposure to both languages. Check out our bilingual books for help raising a bilingual child.
If your child gets just a little exposure to the second language, it isn’t a bad thing. But, the chances of being fluent will be less.
Many bilingual children are sequential language learners. Click here for more information on sequential language learning.
Talk to your child in the language you know best. You can offer richer vocabulary, correct grammar, and more complex language.
Many language skills are transferable. For example, if your child learns decoding, phonological skills such as phonological awareness, and/or narrative structure in Spanish, those skills will transfer to English.
If you raise a bilingual child from birth, there most likely won’t be any noticeable difference in speech and language development.
Even though your child gets half the exposure of each language, research has shown that he/she will learn and be proficient in both languages.
This is called code switching and it is NOT bad.
Code switching is normal for all children raised bilingually and shows mastery of both languages. To code switch, a child has to understand vocabulary and the grammar rules of both languages.
NO! Seriously NO! If someone told you yes, ignore them immediately and follow my advice.
Actually, the opposite is true. Learning 2 languages helps develop language skills.
Learning two languages DOES NOT cause a speech or language disorder. Therefore, speaking only one language WILL NOT fix the problem. If a child has a speech or language disorder, h/she will have difficulty in both languages.
There are many benefits for raising a bilingual child. To review some of the benefits, click here