By Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert

Taking a unique point of view to standard case stories on one bilingual baby, this booklet discusses the complete kinfolk and the realities of lifestyles with or extra little ones and languages. What can we find out about the language styles of youngsters in a turning out to be and evolving bilingual relatives? Which languages do the siblings like to communicate to one another? Do the standards of start order, character or kin measurement impact language use? This e-book unveils the truth in the back of lifestyles with bilingual siblings.

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Do family members mix languages or only use one language at a time? This information helps us build a picture of what is happening linguistically in the household. This description of language organization is known as the Family Language Strategy. Some strategies have names that are used in academic studies, such as one parent one language (OPOL) or minority-language-at-home (mL@H). This coding of bilingual family characteristics is well established within the literature on bilingualism, and many parents writing on the internet forums or chatting in online forums on bilingualism use these codes to identify themselves as using a particular strategy.

The Caldas family: Keeping French alive in America Stephen Caldas (Raising Bilingual-BiZ iterate Children in Monolingual Cultures, 2006) is Professor of Educational Foundations and Leadership at the University of Louisiana. Stephen, an American native and his French-Canadian wife, Suzanne, made a 10-year case study of their three children. After starting with the OPOL strategy the family evolved to maintain French in America. Like Alvino Fantini, Stephen chose Stephen J. Caldas to speak his wife's language and they followed a minority-language-at-home Raising Bilingual-Biliterate Children approach.

Madalena noted Father- Swedish that she would use Swedish words to English from the community talk about events linked to the Swedish Family lives in Singapore language or Sweden, and likewise the father would use Portuguese. English Strategy: OPOL + 1 had an important role in the cultural What Do We Know about Bilingual Families? 25 and social life of the family, as a lingua franca and a school language. Both parents communicated in English with the children when helping them with their homework.

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