On this page you'll find links to research and resources for parents interested in early and immersion Chinese language education. This is an ongoing effort, and we welcome your contributions and feedback.
Be Bilingual—Practical Ideas for Multilingual Families
In this book, Annika Bourgogne links the research on how multilingualism is possible and beneficial with practical, fun, and useful ideas for helping children become active bilinguals or multilinguals in their daily lives. The book shows families how to make multilingualism work in their busy lives. Multilingual families from around the world share their best resources and tips on how to make growing up with two or more languages an enjoyable experience. This book is available from Amazon.
The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language
This book, by Kendall King and Alison Mackey, is written for parents who are interested in helping their children reap the benefits of learning more than one language. It clearly outlines the benefits of being bilingual; dispels myths that are held about bilingualism and language learning; and gives practical tips to help parents select the language that will most benefit their child, find the most effective language education materials and programs, and identify ways that families can promote language learning at home. This book is available from Amazon.
A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion
Elizabeth Weise, a science reporter for USA Today who has studied Chinese and studied and worked in China, has published a resource for parents with children in a Chinese immersion program based on her years of experience with a Mandarin immersion program in California. In this book, she describes the Chinese immersion experience from a parent’s perspective and provides guidance on topics she struggled with. The book is available from CreateSpace.
Websites and Contacts
Resources for Parents with Children in Mandarin Immersion Programs
In this publication, Elizabeth Weise gives websites and email lists that will be helpful for parents whose children are studying Chinese.