Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Double Talk for Tots: The Bilingual Edge by Kendall King and Alison Mackey

In the past few years it's become a bilingual experience to take a stroll through Sears or WalMart. No longer can we wait until the last few years of public education to initiate learning a second language. In the soon-to-be-published The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language, authors Kendall King and Alison Mackey promise "to help parents select the language that will give their child the most benefit, find materials and programs that will assist the child in achieving fluency, and identify and use the family's unique traits to maximize learning."

That's a tall order for busy modern parents. Quite a few have had no real second language experience, and the rest of us may have only a shaky memory of our high school French or Spanish classes. King and Mackey assert that their book will help even parents with no second language experience to help their very young children become fluent. Both authors are mothers and professors at Georgetown University with backgrounds in research and writing about linguistics and bilingual education and should be knowledgable in methodology.

I'll take a look at this book after it is published on July 1 and report back on their theory and methodology.



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