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How multilingual children can better grasp the learning of Chinese

Lam Wai Ip Joseph Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong 10 September 2016

شوخ Hello

Adapted from Cover of Book “The Bilingual Edge” by Kendall, King & Alison, Mackey

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شوخ नमस्ते

হ্যাল া

你好

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A question you may ask…

I don’t know Chinese,

How can I help my child to learn Chinese?

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Another question you may ask…

“The Bilingual Edge” by Kendall, King & Alison, Mackey

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So, how do we learn?

Language

Input Generalization

of patterns

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Let’s read together

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Strategy 1

• Use of your native language is beneficial

because it provided rich, complex language input for the children.

• The better the proficiency of first language, the better the development of second

language, say, Chinese

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Strategy 1

“The Bilingual Edge” by Kendall, King & Alison, Mackey

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Strategy 1

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Strategy 1

“The Bilingual Edge” by Kendall, King & Alison, Mackey

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Strategy 2: Read together with your child

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Can children learn by watching TV?

Language

Input Generalization

of patterns

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Strategy 3: Watching TV

No! I don’t mean this.

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Strategy 3: Watching TV

Babies and toddlers

• Babies & toddlers cannot

learn language through TV, DVD or edutainment toys

School-age children

• “Television programs,

DVDs, Podcasts, language teaching software, video games, and even foreign- language music and music videos can provide positive and fun associations with the language for older

children. They can help to link language meaningfully with the culture. ”

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Strategy 3: Watching TV

Yes, I mean this.

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Strategy 4

• Creating a Positive Learning Environment for Your Child

• Language minority parents should monitor closely the quantity and quality of the child’s exposure to each of the two languages,

bearing in mind that the majority language has a way of seeping into each and every household.

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Every child can learn Chinese very well

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And, working closely

with school and teachers

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