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Bon voyage. < previous page page_9 next page > < previous page page_10 next page > Page 10 SECTION A FAMILY QUESTIONS A1 What Are the Advantages of My Child Becoming Bilingual? Bringing up children to be bilingual is an important decision. It will affect the rest of their lives and the lives of their parents. For children, being bilingual or monolingual may affect their identity, social arrangements, schooling, employment, marriage, area of residence, travel and thinking. Becoming bilingual is more than owning two languages.

A child does not practice or use their language with a television setonly in rare situations. The child is the recipient of language rather than the producer of language. A child's listening vocabulary may be extended. Television does not usually produce opportunities to extend speaking performance. At the same time, television has some input in a child's literacy, however small. Titles and subtitles, lists of football teams, teletext, subtitles with the news may give the child language experience that is small but valuable.

In social development, there is the joy of new friendships, of warm relationships with close friends and meeting new and exciting people. There is also the pain of arguments and fights, bullying and disloyalty. In intellectual development, there are the mountaintops of learning: manipulating numbers, understanding new concepts, passing examinations. There are also the troughs of forgetting, not understanding and failing. Therefore, in bilingual language development, there are also going to be mountains and valleys, peaks and troughs.

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