For parents who want their children to become intelligent and successful, accepting the common dogma might not be the best idea. Academic preschools will gladly take your money, but most leading experts do not feel that early reading or math confers any long-term educational advantage.
Languages, on the other hand, are different. While it's not a popular or reaffirming observation, a child who isn't already multilingual by the first grade, probably never will be...particularly in the American setting.
Harder-hitting than your typical language book, Trilingual by Six explores this still controversial reality and meticulously develops a very novel plan of action for parents who want to do something about it. In the modern, increasingly global age, virtually all speaking children can grow up multilingual, and their future careers may very well depend on it. All they need is an astute parent who has managed to connect a few simple dots, who has discovered the overlooked but absolutely abundant resources right in the neighborhood.
Lennis Dippel MD
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Confessions first -- I have known Len Dippel since we were in college, and was also his classmate in medical school, so I will admit to more than a little bias. Facts second -- I have also known Len to be one of the most insightful people I have ever met. Opinions last --- This is a great introduction to the possibility of raising children who are conversant in more than one language. It's not easy, but by shifting one's focus away from the test-taking, score-making mentality that we Americans have fallen into over the past few decades it is certainly easier than it sounds. My children are in their twenties now, and although they are each bright, capable, and engaging it is clear that they are not likely to become conversant in another language during their adulthood. They are in good company -- neither did I -- but the data presented in this book makes it clear that there are many, many things my wife and I could have done slightly differently to have helped them on...
This book is so informative! Dr. Dippel shared his research and knowledge in a very passionate way as a parent and a writer. I would share and recommend this book to friends and to everyone. The author had shared effective strategies, concepts, best resources and outside the box ideas that will help to raise children and students to become multilingual or trilingual. I admire the author's passion for sharing his time, research, and success as a parent by writing this book. I also agree with his views and emphasis on what he called "language babysitters" as a secret weapon and what impact they can have on children's lives. This book is a must to read! Go get your copy!
Evangeline and Jonathan
What makes this a fantastic resource for parents of young children, educators, and foreign language enthusiasts? It is the combination of the authors' anecdotal failures and successes combined with the critical evaluation of language education research, the resources of the internet and your local community, the practical suggestions for family vacations and passive entertainment, and the gentle encouragement as if he were communicating to you as a personal mentor. Get it, read it, share it, then do it. The phrase, "It's never too late too start" does not apply to language fluency.
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