[RFHF] Research: Babies Benefit From Bilingual Homes

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Thu Sep 22 08:57:34 PDT 2011

Hi!  Here is a short article/2.5 minute video clip<http://www.the33tv.com/about/station/newsteam/kdaf-babies-benefit-from-living-in-bilingual-homes-20110916,0,4539711.story> about new research that adds to the case that raising children in a bilingual home has language development benefits.  The article is just the dialog of the video transcribed so you can choose to watch or read.  The video may be good to show low-literate, bilingual parents who need a little convincing that speaking their native language at home is valuable to their children.  Below are some key points:

*         Countless studies proved the benefits of raising your children in a bilingual household, but new information showed the benefits begin as early as the first year of life.

*         Her use of both languages when she spoke to her 4-month-old daughter could have some of the greatest benefits.

*         "There's going to be a point in their lives where Spanish is going to be a requirement for any type of job, being that there is a lot of people everywhere that speak Spanish..."

*         "Bilingual kids seem to have a long window where they're still paying attention to sounds from both languages," said Dr. Raul Rojas

*         "If you have a parent or a family member and you have people that can speak multiple languages in the home, by all means, go ahead and it would be great to do it,"

*         Rojas said if you don't know a second language, don't try and suddenly use it in your home.  He said you have to have the fundamentals and be a good model to your children for them to properly pick it up.

If you are interested in the full research paper, go to:
Bilingual language learning: An ERP study relating early brain responses to speech, language input, and later word production<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=GatewayURL&_method=citationSearch&_eidkey=1-s2.0-S0095447011000660&_origin=SDEMFRHTML&_version=1&md5=f9c4ad3ff76868d0577e98942a20156d>
Journal of Phonetics, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 17 August 2011
Adrian Garcia-Sierra, Maritza Rivera-Gaxiola, Cherie R. Percaccio, Barbara T. Conboy, Harriett Romo, Lindsay Klarman, Sophia Ortiz, Patricia K. Kuhl

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

If the hyperlinks don't work, try copying and pasting the following URLs into your browser.  If that doesn't work, try entering "Babies Benefit From Bilingual Homes KDAF TV" and "Bilingual language learning study by Patricia Kuhl" into your Google search box.

*         http://www.the33tv.com/about/station/newsteam/kdaf-babies-benefit-from-living-in-bilingual-homes-20110916,0,4539711.story

*         http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0095447011000660

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