One Person / One Language
Raising Bilingual Children
Date: Sunday, June 2nd, 2002 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Andy James
One person/one language is a theory that was developed about 70 years ago and it goes like this: if two parents with different native languages speak only their native language to the child from birth, then the child will learn both languages and learn to distinguish between the languages more quickly and effectively than by any other methods. This method has generally been supported by research over the years, however, many people now believe that it isn't necessary to be fluent in the second language to qualify as bilingual. Therefore, following a method as strict as one person/one language (which does not allow for language mixing - ie. "I feel really genki today!") is not as appealing as it used to be. Andy will talk about the results of his own research and the reasons why people mix languages even though they feel it is not best to do so.
Organization: Kagoshima Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Kagoshima JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 800 yen
Venue: Kousha Building 2F
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