Raising kids to be bilingual

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Many monolingual families are interested in raising their children bilingually. It is possible. The best way to start is as early as possible. Maybe hiring a caregiver that speaks another language. This, of course, must be done for a sufficient amount of time, so having a nanny two hours a week it not going to do it. Also, taking Mommy and Me classes a few hours of week is not going to do it. Anything is going to have to be at a sufficient amount. Having a caregiver that comes in and only speaks that language with the child. Other possibilities can be enrolling the child in a bilingual preschool or an emersion preschool. Starting at age 5, there is the option of an emersion education program, where children are educated in two languages. Sometimes up to 12th Grade for bilingualism and biliteracy.

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Simona Montanari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on language development and second language acquisition in childhood. She received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Southern California specializing in language development in monolingual and multilingual children. Dr. Montanari has published her research in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and she is regularly invited to present on early bilingualism and trilingualism locally and internationally. Dr. Montanari has also been involved in the creation and implementation of an Italian-English dual language program in the Glendale Unified School District, for which she continues to work as a consultant. Dr. Montanari has two trilingual and tri-literate daughters, six and seven years of age.

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