Michael BARR
   Department   Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Languages  , Department of English Studies for Careers
   Position   associate professor/lecturer
Language English
Publication Date 2009/03
Type Academic Paper
Invitation With invitation
Title Raising Children in a Bilingual Environment: Techniques and Topics Related to Bilingual Education
Contribution Type Single author
Journal Higashiyama Kenkyu-Kyou
Journal TypeJapan
Publisher Higashiyama Kenkyu-Kyou
Volume, Issue, Pages 53,pp.47--65
Author and coauthor Michael D. Barr
Details This paper summarizes and explains various techniques and theories about childhood bilingualism, with a particular focus on the inherent challenges and solutions particular to the raising of English/Japanese bilingual children in Japan. The first issue to be explored is the question of what 'bilingual' actually means, followed by an explanation of the nature of language learning. Factors that influence the success of bilingual education, such as valorization and common fears of bilingual 'interference', are highlighted, and then studies of bilingual subjects are described in detail. More recent studies suggest advantages rather of bilingualism. Different types of bilinguals are explained, followed by an exploration of how the bilingual processes information. Simultaneous acquisition and childhood bilingual development are shown to lead to natural and full functioning in more than one language.