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How early should you start learning a (first) language?
Sharen Unsworth (Radboud University): multilingualism
Learning sign language
"In Norway they offer sign language to babies at school."
"At the day care they watched the Lotte & Max DVDs with the children, and that's how they learned how to sign."
Why is the first year of life so important for language acquisition?
"Guus' first sign was MOMMY!"
"The best response is when people ask: could we join you for one of those sign language classes?"
"I learn all kinds of signs from Guus."
"I think it's good, learning sign language from both a hearing and a deaf teacher."
Is it difficult for parents to learn sign language?
"I had to sign in public for the first time -- that was quite a big step."
"When Guus was three years old we were taught sign language at home."
Can children learn sign language at school?
How much language input is necessary for proper acquisition of a language?
"When family counseling started, we were taking sign language classes."
How can you learn sign language as a parent?
"The sign language classes evolve alongside your child."
Why is it important for children to learn sign language if they have a CI?
"It was a blessing in disguise, since we wanted to learn a new language anyway, and we enjoy it."
Why is it important to start learning sign language before your child gets a CI?
"We run into all kinds of situations where we're forced to use sign language. That's quite exciting."
Why is it important that parents learn sign language too?
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