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ESOL Parent Resources

General Resources

Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network
Articles and advice. Daily tips and weekly activity ideas. Publishes the bi-monthly Multilingual Living Magazine which includes feature articles and columns from bilingual families and experts as well as advice, book reviews, and links to relevant websites and other resources (subscription-based).

Helpful list of resources. Multi-Faceta is the site of Professor Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, author of The Multilingual Mind (2003) and Raising Bilingual Children (2000).

US Department of Education - National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)
Information for parents and educators, including numerous resources related to early childhood education, research, language and culture, and parent and community involvement.

National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)
Supports successful early language learning and teaching, serving as a resource for educators, parents and policymakers advocating for K-8 programs of excellence in second language education. Includes helpful list of relevant websites and articles.

Multilingual Family in the UK 
Resources for parents and children categorized by language. Online forum to help families in the UK form bilingual playgroups and find bilingual schools.

Bilingual Families Perth
Interesting information about bilingualism. Links to other web resources. (This site is a support network of multilingual families in Perth, Australia.)

Bilingual Babies 
Language-specific bulletin boards. Helpful tips about flying with young children.

Internet Radio Stations
Links to stations in over 40 languages.

Mama Lisa's World
Collection of children's songs in various languages.

Multilingual Songbook 
Songs in 25 languages.

Research and Articles on Bilingualism

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) 
List of articles on raising bilingual children and bilingual education.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 
Information about language development. Directory of speech-language pathologists.

National Head Start Child Development Institute
List of language development research articles. Part of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services site. 

Other Resources

Don't forget to take advantage of local (and free) resources. Your local (or county) library may have children's books or other materials in your language. Also many DVDs come with various language track options, so they can be easily be switched to various languages (e.g., Spanish, French, or English.)