Multilingual Blog Carnival - Priorities in Language Learning

I am very honored to be holding this month’s multilingual blog carnival.  We have some great posts on how others from around the world build language learning into their families’ busy lives.  Raising multilingual children requires a large commitment of time, energy, and family resources.  For this reason, it’s necessary to make many choices about how to best raise children as successful speakers of another language.

Adam Beck starts us off with a post on Making Language Learning the Highest Priority in a series of posts on the challenges of raising multilingual children.  He has some good advice on how much attention needs to be given and when to achieve success.

Next, Galina Nikitina’s Setting Priorities for Raising a Bilingual Child follows up with some great advice on what priorities to set not just for you, but for others in the family as well.

Leanne of Frenglish Learning highlights the importance of keeping up language learning even when we’re tired or rushed.  This is a great post as I think all of us go through this and I see it so often with parents.  When things get hectic or busy we tend to switch to the community language for speed and convenience, which can really become a habit.  Having just moved to a new city and taken a new job, I know just how hard it is to stay focused on language learning for my daughter with a million other things going on.

In “Encouraging Children to Write in Their Minority Language(s)“, Maria of Trilingual Mama gives us tips on raising successful writers, certainly always a challenge.  Many parents have found that reading and writing can really be a key to success for speaking another language as children become school age.

Following on Maria’s post, is some very specific tips on Spanish Syllables and Learning to Read in Spanish from Frances, the author of Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes.  Something I always highlight with parents is that teaching reading and writing is very different in different languages.  Frances starts with syllable pairings in Spanish, which are the building blocks of literacy for Spanish children, much different from English speaking children’s focus on simple consonant vowel patterns and sight words.  To really be successful in teaching literacy in another language, you have to look at the features of the language. Transferring over teaching methods from the community language are far less likely to be successful.

Finally, Ute of Expat Since Birth focuses on adult learners with 5 Tips to Learn a New Language for Expats.  Adult learners often struggle with what to prioritize first, so definitely some good ideas.

I hope you enjoyed this month’s carnival and please join us next month over at Marianna’s Bilingual Avenue, where she always has great tips and podcasts for parents.  And of course, always a big thank you to Annabelle at The Piri-piri Lexicon for organizing!

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