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 OPOL: Does it always work?
These three phrases, and the knowledge that goes behind them, could be the most important tools parents have when advocating for their bilingual child: 1) "His/her language development is on-target for bilingual acquisition. Would you like me to give you some resources to read about this topic?" - This phrase demonstrates that you are not … Continue reading In Defense of the Bilingual Child
One of the most common and well-understood methods of raising bilingual children is OPOL - the "One-parent-one language" paradigm. Used mainly in families where the parents have different first languages, OPOL is generally a successful method for raising children who speak two languages. One of the main tenants of OPOL is the importance of consistency … Continue reading Once an OPOL, always an OPOL?
For many families, bilingualism is determined by having two parents with different L1s. It is always the right choice to raise children speaking the languages of both parents/families. I sometimes meet adults who were raised as monolinguals, with one of their parents choosing *not* to speak their L1 with them. And I can say that … Continue reading So if you want to choose bilingualism, which languages?