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For Spanish-speaking and Chinese-speaking Families

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The two most spoken languages the Bay Area besides English are Spanish and Chinese. We offer some information for parents from Spanish- as well as Chinese-speaking families:

Bilingual Development

Parents who are raising bilingual children may be curious about how bilingualism affects their children, what are typical bilingual behaviors, and how to support bilingualism. Visit the bilingual Development section of the website to get information about the following frequently asked questions:

  • Will learning more than one language cause my child to be delayed?
  • My child is mixing the two languages when he/she speaks. he/she confused?
  • What's the best way to raise a bilingual child?

Learning English as a Second Language

Many children from minority-language families learn their heritage languages in the home first, then learn English as a second language when they go to school. Making the transition from one language environment to another can be both exciting and challenging. In this section, we offer some information that might help parents to support their children's learning of English.

For Spanish-speaking and Chinese-speaking Families

The two most spoken languages the Bay Area besides English are Spanish and Chinese. We offer some information for parents from Spanish- as well as Chinese-speaking families:

Bilingualism and Children with Communication Disabilities

Parents of children with special needs are often concerned about how bilingualism might affect their children's development. In this guide, we answer frequently asked questions about bilingualism and children with language disabilities, including:

  • Is my child's development of language delayed because he's exposed to too many languages?
  • Is my child able to learn two languages if he has a langauge disability?
  • Will learning more than one language make my child's disabilities worse?
  • If we don't speak English at home, will my child have a hard time when he gets to school?

 

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