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The book has, from the beginning, been designed with such readers in mind. Each question and answer can be read in isolation. Each answer attempts to give sufficient important information to help the inquirer. This means that there is a little duplication of content to achieve the selfsufficiency of each answer. Answers will lead to other questions, other answers. Hence, there is some cross-referencing in the book. Also an index at the back of the book will help readers to find other related topics to build on answers.

The Style of the Book Readers need to be aware that the style and approach are different from an academic text book. When writing the textbook Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (1993), every effort was made to represent a variety of viewpoints so that readers could make up their own minds on difficult issues. Often options are presented in such an academic book without a firm conclusion about 'best bets' or 'successful recipes'. This book has a different approach. While alternatives are often given, an attempt has been made, using whatever expertise and experience exists, to give some kind of lead and strategic advice.

Can the father at least gain a passive understanding of the minority language rather than a child lose out on bilingualism? In short, disagreements need tactfully resolving. Open and frank, positive and empathic discussion is the route to resolution. The most important destination to discuss is the long-term interests of the child. A5 If We Raise Our Child to Be Bilingual, Will It Affect Our Marriage? There is an instant answer to this question. If raising the child to be bilingual doesn't affect the marriage, there is something odd about the marriage!

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