A lot of writing on the Internet will propose OPOL (One-parent, one-language) as the best strategy for raising bilingual children. I've written here before about why I believe this is not the case (although it can work in some situations) and now there is research backing up the limitations of this approach. Follow … Continue reading Issues with OPOL? You are not alone!
This is revised from a previous post, and is for all the Dads out there wondering why they are being left out of the party... Traditionally, bilingualism research used the term "Mother Tongue" to describe the language spoken by the mother. Because there is no use of "Father Tongue" there is an implication that the … Continue reading Mother Tongue, Father Tongue?
This post was inspired by a reader question, and fits well with the theme of the month, so I am putting my thoughts in a post. This family is from the Middle East, and has Arabic and English as the two languages in their language plan. They began their family in the Middle East and … Continue reading When the Mother Tongue becomes a minority language: Changing your family plan
Over the last decade or so, the OPOL method of raising bilingual children has gotten a lot of positive press. It sounds pretty simple - One parent, one language. So I speak French to my kids and my husband speaks English to them, and they will grow up bilingual. Sounds easy, yes? But the reality, … Continue reading Being an OPOL family – guarantee of success?
Back by popular demand, the "Raising Bilingual Children: Six building blocks for success" seminar is being offered in Amsterdam, March 31, 2014. This seminar offers an overview of the theory of bilingualism/multilingualism, in an accessible and interesting lecture. We then move into the practicalities of raising children with more than one language: ways and means, … Continue reading Amsterdam Seminar: Raising Bilingual Children: Six building-blocks for success
The majority of families I work with are OPOL (one parent- one language) families, but as I've written about before, OPOL is not always as easy, or successful, as it seems. (see these posts: OPOL: Does it always work?, Different perspectives on OPOL, A final roundup of OPOL stories ) Often, OPOL is adopted because … Continue reading Becoming a “domains of use” family…
For all those who are local, we are offering the seminar "Raising Bilingual Children: Six building blocks for success" in cooperation with Jacaranda Tree Montessori in Amsterdam, on October 17, from 20h00-22h00. This seminar is aimed at parents (or parents-to-be) who have either decided on bi/multilingualism for their children, or are considering it. The seminar … Continue reading Raising Bilingual Children: Seminar October 17 (Amsterdam)
So, here we are officially summer and officially on summer vacation. This summer brings a lot of major events for my kids; we are taking our now-six year old twins to the US and Canada (their passport countries) for the first time. They are interested and intrigued to meet people who can "only speak English" … Continue reading Summer resolutions, linguistics-style
One of the most common myths about bilingualism is that bilingual children "learn to speak later" than monolinguals. I've heard it, read it, said it, but strangely, I haven't experienced it at all with my three bilingual kids. Now, as a researcher, I know that three kids does not a "reliable statistical study" make... but … Continue reading One more bilingualism myth bites the dust…
Since I published this blog, two bloggers that I know and love to read have posted their stories and their take on the OPOL issue, so I thought I'd share them with you. Stephanie Meade of InCultureParent shares her family's OPOL experiment here: Why OPOL Doesn't Always Work. Annabelle Humanes of the piri-piri lexicon tells … Continue reading Different Perspectives on OPOL