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Raising multilingual children Tetsu’s way
Tetsu Yung, North American Polyglot Symposium, Montreal, July 24, 2016
Illustrat...
Agenda
• About Tetsu
• Importance of starting early
• OPOL and CLAP
• Ronnie
Photo by Renee Chan Photography
Birth/Taiwan
Years
• Taiwanese father, Japanese mother
• Born in Hong Kong, moved to Taiwan at age 1
• American elementary...
The importance of starting early
• Learn multiple languages like a
native speaker
• Self-consciousness and self-esteem
• B...
The importance of starting early:
1. Learn multiple languages like a native speaker
Reference: http://www.ted.com/talks/pa...
The importance of starting early:
1. Learn multiple languages like a native speaker
Reference: https://www.ted.com/talks/p...
The importance of starting early:
1. Learn multiple languages like a native speaker
Results of extended exposure to variou...
The importance of starting early:
2. Self-consciousness and self-esteem
Every act of conscious learning requires the willi...
The importance of starting early:
3. Brain benefits
Monolingual Multilingual Note
Grey matter
density
+ +++ The younger th...
The importance of starting early:
4. Opportunity costs
Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes to...
OPOL and CLAP
What is OPOL?
One Parent One Language
One Person One Language
What is CLAP?
Contextual Language Acquisition ...
Ronnie
Nagasaki, May 2016
Ronnie’s Core OPOL Staff
JapaneseMandarin
English
Currently TV/DVD
Looking for exchange
student, another au
pair, etc.
Fre...
Ronnie wishes happy Chinese new year to all in 5 languages
Mandarin: 新年快樂! (Xin nian kuai le!)
Japanese: 明けましておめでとう! (Akem...
Birth/Japan
• Born in Nagasaki, Japan on July 13, 2012
• Japanese and Mandarin
Taiwan
• Moved to Taiwan on Feb. 22, 2014 (...
Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life
Scenario:
Oct. 2014, 27 month-old Ronnie learns to identify simple colors.
...
Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life
Worried about Code-Switching?
Scenario:
Jan 2015, 30 month-old Ronnie is si...
Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life
Scenario:
Mar. 2015, 32 month-old Ronnie learns to tell time in 3 languages...
Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life
Scenario:
Aug. 14, 2015, 1 week after Mexican au pair Angelica started livi...
Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life
Scenario:
Oct. 2015, 2 months after Mexican au pair Angelica started living...
Give your children the gift of the world
Illustration: Eric Belisle (ericbelisle.blogspot.jp)
To all parents out there
1. ...
Q&A
www.multilinguannaire.com
asktetsu@gmail.com
Twitter: @asktetsu
YouTube: asktetsu
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U47EGBI...
Backup
Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life
Learn languages while doing something you love
Scenario:
Mar. 2015, 32 mont...
Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life
Scenario:
Oct. 2015, 40 month-old Ronnie counts to 15 in 5 languages.
https...
Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life
Scenario:
July 2016, 48 month-old Ronnie plays with francophone friend.
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Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life
Scenario:
June 2015, 35 month-old Ronnie reads Percy correctly
https://www....
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  1. 1. Raising multilingual children Tetsu’s way Tetsu Yung, North American Polyglot Symposium, Montreal, July 24, 2016 Illustration: Eric Belisle (ericbelisle.blogspot.jp)
  2. 2. Agenda • About Tetsu • Importance of starting early • OPOL and CLAP • Ronnie Photo by Renee Chan Photography
  3. 3. Birth/Taiwan Years • Taiwanese father, Japanese mother • Born in Hong Kong, moved to Taiwan at age 1 • American elementary school, Taiwanese nanny, Weekends at grandparents • Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese, Hakka, English Quebec Years • Moved to Quebec, Canada for high school • Lived with Taiwanese aunt and Quebecer uncle • University language courses, Trips to South America and Europe • French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese Japan/Taiwan Years • Moved to Japan after PhD to work in Asia • Wanted to strengthen Japanese and Mandarin Quebec Years • Back to Quebec with wife and 2 children • Organizing NAPS! Tetsu’s language history Exposure to 5 languages by age 6 5 more languages by age 20 Fluent Today English French Japanese Mandarin Spanish
  4. 4. The importance of starting early • Learn multiple languages like a native speaker • Self-consciousness and self-esteem • Brain benefits • Opportunity costs Illustration: Eric Belisle (ericbelisle.blogspot.jp)
  5. 5. The importance of starting early: 1. Learn multiple languages like a native speaker Reference: http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies Patricia Kuhl: The Linguistic Genius of Babies
  6. 6. The importance of starting early: 1. Learn multiple languages like a native speaker Reference: https://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies
  7. 7. The importance of starting early: 1. Learn multiple languages like a native speaker Results of extended exposure to various languages at young age: •Keep ears “open” later in life •Good Accents – Confidence, Social integration, Trustworthiness (cognitive fluency) Ref: http://sanmu1225.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-179.html?sp Japanese Brit English Am English French German Italian Spanish Russian Chinese Language Passbands Frequency (Hz)
  8. 8. The importance of starting early: 2. Self-consciousness and self-esteem Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self- importance, learn so easily. -Thomas Szasz
  9. 9. The importance of starting early: 3. Brain benefits Monolingual Multilingual Note Grey matter density + +++ The younger the additional languages were acquired, the denser the grey matter Resistance to mental decline + +++ Learning in general + +++ Complex thinking and creativity + +++ Communication skills + +++
  10. 10. The importance of starting early: 4. Opportunity costs Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later. -Dana Stewart Scott Bus Taxi Costs 1$ 11$ Time 1 h 5 min 5 min You teach, and your hourly wage is 50$ What is opportunity cost of taking a bus to work? => $40 Learn as child Learn as adult Costs ? ? Time ? ? What is opportunity cost of not learning as a child? Considerations?
  11. 11. OPOL and CLAP What is OPOL? One Parent One Language One Person One Language What is CLAP? Contextual Language Acquisition Philosophy http://language-tetsu.blogspot.jp/2010/03/contextual-language-acquisition.html
  12. 12. Ronnie Nagasaki, May 2016
  13. 13. Ronnie’s Core OPOL Staff JapaneseMandarin English Currently TV/DVD Looking for exchange student, another au pair, etc. French Day care Spanish
  14. 14. Ronnie wishes happy Chinese new year to all in 5 languages Mandarin: 新年快樂! (Xin nian kuai le!) Japanese: 明けましておめでとう! (Akemashite Omedeto!) English: Happy New Year! French: Bonne Année! Spanish: Feliz año nuevo! Feb. 14, 2016 https://youtu.be/svpUf6kRuGU
  15. 15. Birth/Japan • Born in Nagasaki, Japan on July 13, 2012 • Japanese and Mandarin Taiwan • Moved to Taiwan on Feb. 22, 2014 (19 months) • Strengthened Mandarin through family/friends • American daycare in Tianmu, Taipei • English Quebec • Moved to Quebec on July 24, 2015 (36 months) • French daycare • Mexican au pair • French and Spanish Ronnie’s language history
  16. 16. Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life Scenario: Oct. 2014, 27 month-old Ronnie learns to identify simple colors. https://youtu.be/9q4k7iiahic Recognizing inputs and demonstrating outputs Scenario: Oct. 2014, 27 month-old Ronnie learns to identify body parts. https://youtu.be/wfSwwZKue5c
  17. 17. Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life Worried about Code-Switching? Scenario: Jan 2015, 30 month-old Ronnie is singing… “hello Reindeer… hello snowman… hello Santa… (then…)” I want bala taberu! https://youtu.be/wSLusQ2oq0M
  18. 18. Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life Scenario: Mar. 2015, 32 month-old Ronnie learns to tell time in 3 languages Ronnie starts to distinguish the languages in which he is being asked. https://youtu.be/QDMl880qTII
  19. 19. Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life Scenario: Aug. 14, 2015, 1 week after Mexican au pair Angelica started living with us https://youtu.be/YH7tUMdknxg 37 month-old Ronnie starts counting numbers in Spanish in only 7 days!
  20. 20. Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life Scenario: Oct. 2015, 2 months after Mexican au pair Angelica started living with us. 39 month-old Ronnie is playing hide and seek with Angelica. Yuko (mom) is on skype from Japan. Tetsu is holding the camera. https://youtu.be/0rz_fR9p0aU Language channels are established in Ronnie’s brain
  21. 21. Give your children the gift of the world Illustration: Eric Belisle (ericbelisle.blogspot.jp) To all parents out there 1. Know that you have what it takes to raise multilingual children. 2. Know that your children have what it takes to become multilingual.
  22. 22. Q&A www.multilinguannaire.com asktetsu@gmail.com Twitter: @asktetsu YouTube: asktetsu https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U47EGBIhttps://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00P35J6N4
  23. 23. Backup
  24. 24. Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life Learn languages while doing something you love Scenario: Mar. 2015, 32 month-old Ronnie loves rollerblading. So Tetsu teaches him colors in different languages while rollerblading. https://youtu.be/417C5BksLuk
  25. 25. Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life Scenario: Oct. 2015, 40 month-old Ronnie counts to 15 in 5 languages. https://youtu.be/ZgDkHsCqkqs
  26. 26. Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life Scenario: July 2016, 48 month-old Ronnie plays with francophone friend. https://youtu.be/ckJK3pi7eTI
  27. 27. Applications of OPOL and CLAP in Ronnie’s life Scenario: June 2015, 35 month-old Ronnie reads Percy correctly https://www.facebook.com/tetsu.yung/videos/10155592146070462/ Scenario: Oct 2015, 39 month-old Ronnie is strict with Angelica. https://www.facebook.com/PampersToPolyglot/posts/708642545936354 Scenario: July 2015, 30 month-old Ronnie teaches aunt with perfect Mandarin pronounciation •https://youtu.be/JVEyA3Ik6hg/ Ronnie is strict with accents

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