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Bilingual Babies Learn Language Faster

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Cross Cultural Parenting, Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Bilingual Babies Learn Language Faster

As I interact with parents and families who speak multiple languages, I have found that it is a commonly held belief that although children can learn more than one language from birth, the exposure to multiple languages will slow down a child’s language learning overall. Another common assumption is that bilingual children may have smaller vocabularies in each language although the combined vocabulary size of both languages will exceed monolingual children. New research from Singapore refutes...

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Patterns and Language Development

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Patterns and Language Development

New research funded by the Australian Research Council was recently published entitled, Individual Differences in Statistical Learning Predict Children’s Comprehension of Syntax. Parents of young children may not immediately be drawn to such a headline, nor may they think that it has much relevance to their family’s life, but the research reveals some interesting information about how children learn language that parents may very well wish to know more about. What researchers from the...

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Ask Nurturance: Reading to Babies

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance:  Reading to Babies

Dear M, I have an eight-month-old daughter. I know I should be reading to her every day, but when I try, one of us inevitably ends up frustrated and in tears! My baby squirms and fusses and doesn’t seem to like it at all. She constantly tries to grab the book or hits out at it. When she does show some interest, she drools and chews on the edges, ruining the books. Sometimes the pages get ripped and it ends up being more of a wrestling match than a meaningful experience. What am I doing wrong?...

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Beyond Reading Aloud: Raising Voracious Readers

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Beyond Reading Aloud: Raising Voracious Readers

Throughout National Read Aloud Month in the United States (March), parents and teachers have been bombarded with a barrage of helpful articles, posters and memes on social media encouraging the habit of reading aloud to children. Reading aloud to our children, we are told, helps them become good readers, promotes vocabulary development and is an excellent way to foster a lifelong love of reading. While I agree wholeheartedly with the long reaching benefits of reading aloud, I also believe that...

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Supporting Language Development in Multilingual Settings: Part 3

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Cross Cultural Parenting, Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Supporting Language Development in Multilingual Settings: Part 3

Action Steps for Parents Just as there is not one “correct” way to raise children, there is also no one “correct” way to introduce and nurture the learning of multiple languages for children. Each family has its own language circumstance, needs and priorities that must be taken into account. However, although there is no one size fits all approach to language learning, there are several guidelines and recommendations based on research and experience that can be taken into consideration when...

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Supporting Language Development in Multilingual Settings: Part 2

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Cross Cultural Parenting, Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Supporting Language Development in Multilingual Settings:  Part 2

Part 2: Common Questions Parents Ask Read Part 1 here  What language should I use with my child? Research shows that children’s language development is enhanced when they are engaged in meaningful, rich, interactive conversations with people who listen to them and respond to their interests and questions. The more language children hear, the bigger their vocabulary will become. However, the quantity of words a child is exposed to is enhanced by the quality of the interactions and the language...

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