We’ve been trying to set up an interview with Tetsu for far too long. Maik and Tetsu finally got together after Tetsu’s talk at the Polyglot Conference in Iceland in October.
We have very different styles of teaching but the same aims for our families. Grab a coffee and have a listen to their chat.
Tetsu, What are your aims and aspirations in raising multilingual children?
My aim is to give them the world.
I want to arm them with an undeniable advantage in the most important skill to develop in their lives: communication. This skill alone will allow them to make more friends, have better career prospects and even lead better family lives. Simply by having languages and cultural understanding with respect to languages, starting early leads to much better results for the same amount of investment in resources, they will already be miles ahead of peers who do not have these when communicating with others. And I firmly believe that teaching them early will be the most effective way to go about it. Most other types of skills and knowledge can be learned to similar levels later in life.
Want to find out more about Tetsu? Check out these links.
His book Pampers to Polyglot: 7 Ideas For Raising Multilinguals Like Me is available via his Facebook page
So, what are your thoughts? We’d love to hear what works for you in the comments.