"The Multilingual Mind offers a realistic and very pragmatic approach to multilingualism. This book is a wonderful tool for both parents and teachers and affirms what research and experience tell us about people's ability to learn languages. This work should become part of the educational mainstream, as learning languages opens us to becoming more culturally sensitive, a skill that is essential in today's globalized world."-Pilar Cabeza de Vaca Head, The American School in ParisVom Verlag:
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:
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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