BENEFITS FOR FAMILIES
Give the benefits
of early language learning to your children!
Providing your children with exposure to other
languages and cultures at an early age is one of the greatest
gifts you can give. Among the most important benefits is
that children will gain an ability to understand and communicate
with people from different cultures and countries.
In addition, there have been numerous studies and evidence
on the academic and cognitive benefits of early language
learning, suggesting the following:
- Children who learn second languages are more creative
and better at solving complex problems.
- Students of foreign languages score statistically higher
on standardized tests conducted in English.
- Children who learn a second language at a young age develop
the ability to speak with native proficiency.
- Foreign language study sharpens memory and listening
All of our books are bilingual so you can read them in English
or in any one of up to 40 languages, thereby aiding in language
Raise kids who will succeed in our diverse
communities and world!
Young people who can speak foreign languages
and are able to understand and connect with other cultures
have access to more job opportunities. Creating youngsters
who have this “competitive advantage” will
also improve global communication.
Over 20% of the US population is either foreign-born
or has a foreign-born parent. The Census Bureau estimates
that by the end of the 21st century, minorities will represent
more than half of the total population. And, as technology
continues to improve the ease of global communications,
the world is becoming increasingly interdependent. All
this points to our responsibility, as parents and grandparents,
to develop both an awareness of and a tolerance for other
cultures among the next generation.
We aim to support you in your effort to raise
children who can succeed in our diverse world. Our stories
celebrate diversity and provide an enjoyable way for children
to learn about other cultures and traditions.
Preserve your Heritage!
Many immigrant (or first & second generation)
parents and grandparents find that our products provide
an ideal way to teach kids about their native language
and culture. Kids are also able to connect with the stories
as they “see themselves” in the multicultural
characters in our books.
Have fun with your kids and grandkids (while
all else, when kids read our books and listen to our
CDs, it’s not “work”, it’s
fun. What could be better than when your kids learn while
enjoying themselves? And you can rest assured that these
are HIGH-QUALITY products. Our dual-language products…
- Are consistently well reviewed
with respected review publications (see
- Have won prestigious awards
for both the stories and illustrations
professionally translated in up to 40 languages
appealing, multi-ethnic characters
- Are creative,
clever and enjoyable
- Develop tolerance, respect
for others, and self esteem
- Have strong, community
- Have been used in schools and by parents
throughout Europe and North America
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BOOK SUGGESTIONS - BY LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
The following documents will help you choose books or CDs that are right for your children.
ACTIVITIES TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:
Celebrate diversity and expose your children to foreign languages and cultures
Language Lizard books and CDs can be used to teach children about the world's diverse languages and cultures. Many of the books also encourage a respect for diversity and help build self-esteem.
Free Lesson Plans are available to all families. Families can use activities in these lesson plans to help children learn about language and cultural diversity. Alternately, you may wish to share them with your children's social studies teachers
Lesson plan themes include:
- Cultures and Customs
- Understanding and Appreciating Cultural Differences
- Building Community
- Comparing and Contrasting Holidays
- Language, Customs and Cultures (country specific lessons available)
Feel free to use or adapt lesson plans to meet your needs.
ASKED QUESTIONS AMONG PARENTS:
How do I use a “dual language” text?
Your options are greater
with a dual-language text than a single-language text.
can choose to read the stories only in the foreign language,
only in English,
or you can read both language versions and watch your
children as they gradually “pick up” new
words and phrases.
The stories and illustrations
are so fantastic that your kids will want to hear the
stories over and over, providing you with many ways for
them to enjoy the books.
Please see the article "10 Ways to Use Bilingual Books with Children" for more information on using dual language books.
like to expose my students to languages that I cannot speak.
How can I do this?
of our books are in English and up to 40 other languages.
Many of our books come with accompanying CDs, so you
and your children can hear the stories read in other languages,
including both popular and less commonly taught languages.
will be able to find out which products have accompanying
CDs by looking at the “related products” section
in the description of an individual title.
In what languages are your products available?
Dual-language books are available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Simplified+Pinyin, Chinese-Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, English-only, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Nepali, Norwegian, Panjabi (Punjabi), Patois, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Shona, Slovakian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh and Yoruba.
What is the target age
for the products?
1-12. Specific age ranges will be included in the descriptions
of each product.
What products do you
offer in addition to your dual-language books and CDs?
offer colorful, creative dual-language
posters with varying themes that can be used to brighten
up your play area or your child’s room.
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