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Situation #1.1: We tried to help our child speak Chinese, but he was not interested. So I think he may be fine speaking English only…

August 30, 2010

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Situation #1.1: We tried to help our child speak Chinese, but he was not interested. So I think he may be fine speaking English only.Reality: We recognize and respect those who decide to raise their children monolingually. But we want to make sure that that decision is deliberate with strong reasons, and it is not a result of failure due to insufficient information or support. You may be aware that there are many like you, who have tried, but feel that they have failed because they do not see any immediate results. We want to be sure you have all the information available from both educational research and others’ experiences. If you have considered and tried bilingualism, then you are very likely to be aware of the benefits that it offers. Continue to read through this booklet and discover if you may like to decide again whether bilingualism is for your family.

Considerations:

  • Why do I want my child to be monolingual (or bilingual)?
  • Am I sufficiently informed about the different ways and opportunities I can offer my child to learn Chinese?
  • Am I getting enough support from the school, the community and those around me? Where can I get more help?
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