“Time spent on one language means time taken away from another”
“Other languages detract from your child’s ability to acquire English literacy”
“Real Australian” students shouldn’t bother learning a second language, because they will face unfair competition from students who have grown up with that language”
“Students who speak and hear a language at home don’t really have to learn it”
The University of Melbourne’s Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Education (RUMACC) has a handy brochure on some common misconceptions about children learning another language or maintaining the language of their home.
Download it here.
The Sky is falling!
RUMACC is also developing a collection of readers in other languages, starting with Chicken Little.
Sometimes known as Henny Penny or Chicken Licken, this is the story of a chook who leads a gaggle of farm animals to an untimely end as a result of her belief that the sky is falling. The tale has passed into popular English usage as an idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent.
And a very useful post, by Rita Rosenback, author of the US blog, Multilingualparenting.com, on the seven worries parents of bilingual children have.