These brief, accessible papers, written by language leaders, address topics of interest in our field.
Becoming bilingual in Spanish and English: Why is it important? What can parents do?
This paper, by Joy Kreeft Peyton and Ana Lucia Lico, published in Univision News (November 1, 2017), argues that when parents of immigrant children, and children born in the United States, value their mother tongue, keep it alive at home and in the community, and provide opportunities for their children to experience their language and culture in meaningful ways, these children can become bilingual. It gives a list of practical tips to guide parents in facilitating the development of bilingual children. The article focuses on Spanish, but the principles and tips can apply to all heritage languages.
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