Post by CHRISTOPHER L WILSON on May 6, 2020 0:51:59 GMT 9
I wanted to ask a few things. My youngest is now old enough where he is conversing somewhat with his 4 1/2 year old bilingual sister. I'm trying to encourage as much as possible my oldest to speak to / play with her younger brother in the ml. I've used positive examples to try and get her interested in 'doing her special big sister job' or 'helping her brother speak our language', however it just seems that the ML unsurprisingly is their natural play language. My question is how much of a growth area is this or should I just not even pay any attention to it. She still speaks to me in ml primarily--and the youngest is really too young to say, he says words/phrases in both languages to me. He is 2 years old but really budding with communication now...I think he'll probably come to solely speak to me in ml...
I'm thinking about ways I can have siblings want to talk in ml together and/or thinking about approaching this new dynamic of having three ml speakers in the house in a thoughtful manner.
I would strongly recommend you grab a copy of Adam Beck book as Adam mentions the topic and suggests ideas to deal with it.
I guess the best you can do is to actually get involved in that playing so they get into the habit of using the minority language when playing. Another technique, is to actually barge in on them under whatever pretence to ask about something, and see if once they switched to the ml with you they actually remain with that language when you walked away. I know that it works well with my girls though my context is slightly different, since I only use this technique if I ever catch them using the majority language which is forbidden in our home (and the occurrences are very very very scarce I see you know me as a language police).
Another idea that might be worth a try, is to put a minority language background. Personally, I am often influenced by the language I hear in the background. I tend to switch more easily to it. So you might want to put on some children's music in the minority language in the background for them to overhear, see how that might influence them. Kids hear absolutely everything. I see it with my girls. As I always put a ml audio background and they regularly comment on whatever they hear .
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