The role of the language gardener

“The role of the language gardener is to provide a stimulating soil – a variety of pleasurable environments for language growth.”

-Colin Baker, A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism (2007, p. 29)

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Baker’s description of the parent as a language gardener reminds us to find pleasure in the fleeting moments with our children and to view our language experiences as opportunities to strengthen our bond. In doing so, the minority language, and more importantly, the parent-child relationship will flourish.

This guide, also available in Spanish, has a fourth edition. Together with Colin Baker and the Multilingual Matters Team we would like to offer a discount to our readers, 25% off all books in the Parents’ and Teachers’ Guides Series. Please use code LGPTG25 at checkout.