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For many immigrant families, ensuring that their children become fluent speakers of the common language of their new home is a primary goal, opening up greater opportunities for success. But sometimes this effort comes at a cost. As children become more adept in English, they often lose their knowledge of their parents’ heritage language. According to Leanne Hinton of the University Of California, Berkeley, fluency in that original language declines as English improves, so that by high school, these children know only fragments. Both parents and children ultimately regret this loss of culture and connection to their place of origin. Preserving true bilingualism requires work by both families and communities. In the UK, for example, South Asian immigrant families encourage their children to speak their native languages at home, and volunteer-based schools run on weekends or in complement with traditional schooling to help provide further knowledge and practice. Without effort, heritage languages are often completely lost within 2-3 generations. Practicing language at home and within a strong immigrant community while English is used in school and when interacting with the world at large helps to ensure that children maintain fluency in both, giving them an important bridge to connect them to their place of origin and unique, personal culture.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maria Elvira De La Vega is a 2nd Generation Mexican-French Language Specialist who firmly believes in the importance of passing down heritage languages from generation to generation. Her practice includes work with children, adults and families.
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