top-rated free essay

Disadvantage of Bilingualism

By Karolaniznik1 Jun 05, 2013 366 Words
I have to admit that bilingualism has several advantages. Nonetheless, tackling this issue, the lingual conditions in which children are raised to be able to speak two languages equally well should be also taken into consideration.

Many linguists underline that while introducing the second language to learner, his/her exposure to a given linguistic system is crucial. Thusly, parents striving for teaching their children a secod language/a non-native language often rely on commercial language materials such as books, videos, television programs, etc. Nevertheless, researchers (Kendall King and Lyn Fogle, Georgetown University) have found that live, human interaction such as reading or talking to a child is more effective than presentation of recored sounds (e.g., in television) and, therefore, the best method for fostering both first and second language development. What is more, Other studies have found that, for older children, being read aloud to in the second language increases second language vocabulary much more than watching television in that language (patterson, 2002).

I would like to concentrate now on this parent-child communication and its effect on language abilities of minors.

There is some evidence that infants can hear even in the womb. After their birth, as they are growing, they try to imitate the ‘noises’ they hear. According to Deborah D.K. Ruuskanen, Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vaasa in Finland, and mother of three bilingual children, it is significant to expose babies to native-speaker sounds, in order to facilitate them acquisition, and eventually execution, of native-speaker/that sounds.

Generally, there is no problem when children are raised bilingual in families where the parents are completely bilingual themselves, that is to say, they use two native languages (each parent speaks separate mother-tongue) or they speak the non-native language exceptionally well. In other cases/Otherwise, introducing a second language to children since their infancy is not advisable. It is not only because babies might learn parents’ mispronunciation or faulty accent, but also because it might confuse them unnecessarily. The parents who are not comfortable or fluent in second language should be dissuaded from doing that so as not to affect harmfully their children’s linguistic abilities.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Bilingualism

    ...NTNU | A comparison of the bilingual and the multicompetent | HOME EXAM – ENG2153 | | Flittig Student | Spring 2013 | Exercise 5 | A comparison of the bilingual and the multicompetent Previously, monolingualism was seen as the norm and the natural case of language development and consequently, bilingualism was devaluated (Me...

    Read More
  • Bilingualism

    ... ENGL 101 (Final Draft) Essay 01 10/1/14 The Benefits of Learning a Second Language In some part of the world, people didn’t get a chance to learn a second language and some countries get an opportunities to learn it. More or less people prefer not to learn it because they think they didn’t need it and they also think that learning a la...

    Read More
  • Bilingualism

    ...A CAUSAL – COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF BILINGUALISM IN CONTEMPORARY PHILIPPINE LITERATURE AMONG GRADE 7 STUDENTS OF ANTONIO J. VILLEGAS VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, TONDO MANILA, SCHOOL YEAR 2013 – 2014 A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of College of Education, Global Reciprocal Colleges, Caloocan Philippines In Partial Fulfillment of ...

    Read More
  • Bilingualism

    ...January 25, 2011 Bilingualism in Debate Bilingualism is defined as a person who has the ability to speak two languages fluently (, 2011). The ability to speak two different languages proves useful in the workplace as well as with public relations. It has become a huge demand for those who are bilingual. It is important that we as humans...

    Read More
  • Bilingualism Paper

    ...Bilingualism Paper ENG/380 10-8-10 Simultaneous bilingualism describes a situation in which a child learns more than one language from birth, meaning they are spoken to in both languages on a regular basis. If this occurs throughout the final stages of language development, the child will be able to fluently speak and understand both langua...

    Read More
  • The Benefits of Bilingualism

    ...emotionally separated from their countrymen who can only speak their native tongue, creating a rift in their community. Many other issues similar to this have sprouted over the years. It is because they do not understand what it means to be bilingual and the benefits which they may receive upon acquiring a second language (L2). As the issues per...

    Read More
  • Cognitive Theories of Bilingualism

    ...peers in their first two years, but they start to catch up and even outperform their monolingual school peers in their third or fourth year of bilingual education program. 3 In one’s view the Late-exit TBE is more successful than Early-exit TBE because it gives students more time to develop their skills and confidence in the second l...

    Read More
  • Effects of Bilingualism

    ...EFFECTS OF BILINGUALISM TO THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF FOURTH YEAR HIGHS SCHOOL STUDENTS IN PASIG CATHOLIC COLLEGE Chapter 1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY Introduction The use of mother tongue in learning allows students to learn the lesson quickly. It helps them to read and probably write quickly. (Yolanda Quijano, 1994). The use of the Filip...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.