Thank you, thank you, thank you. When I found your website, my first reaction was “How could I have possibly been surfing the Net about bilingualism and not find this sooner? This is awesome!”
My children have been brought up in a trilingual environment since birth. I had made my mind on this WAY before I had children. I have been an ESL student (I am French living in the States for the past 12 years), an ESL teacher and the principle administrator of a ESL private school. So when I met my husband and we decided to start a family, it was a no brainer. (He is also a first generation immigrant from Yougoslavia). I am now pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Technology with a research interest in language acquisition (Computer-assisted language learning, teacher training, curriculum development, etc) and so, I finally have the excuse to spend my time researching multilingualism more throuroughly and write about it to spread the word. In fact, I have a short conceptual piece called “Theory of Fun: Nature and Nurture of the Bilingual Brain” and a communit-of-practice teacher tip called “Developing Instructional Analogy for adult ESl learners: Steps, Theories, Applications,” that are currently under publishing consideration. If I had found your website before I submitted them, I would have used quite a few resources from it!
In fact, I have just forward your link to all my fellow doctoral colleagues some of whom are teachers who deal a lot with english learners (California is dealing with over 240 languages without counting the dialects!) in mainstream curriculum.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.