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RATIONALThe written Task that I am doing is related to “Part 1” called the language and cultural context. The learning objective that this task relates to is the second outcome “Analyse the impact of language changes” as this is related to a person accent and dialect. The type of the text is a blog and the conventions that I used to make the reader know this is a blog is that I used a good heading, the text is written in 1st person, it is an opinion and I have included some examples from the poem by Sujata Bhatt, the language techniques I have used are literary devices like Rhetorical questions and short sentences. The audience of this blog is the parents who unsure about raising bilingual kids and the parents who have bilingual kids. The purpose of this text is to persuade, inform and encourage the parents to raise bilingual kids as it is beneficial for life. The voice of this blog is a parent who has bilingual kids. She is an Indian mother of 2 bilingual kids (one daughter and one son). She stays in United Arab Emirates. She started this blog from the time her kids were 10 and now they are 15. The other parents who see her blog have become a family to her. In this blog she wants other parents to know what her life was before bilingualism ever came into existence and now. She wanted show how bilingualism made her and her children life better.Words: 300 Hello, everyone!Recently, my daughter had read a poem called the “Search for my tongue” by Sujata Bhatt in her class. When she showed me the poem, I started thinking more about whether being bilingual is an advantage.This poem is about how the writer is afraid or concerned that learning new languages will make her forget her mother tongue. In this poem, Sujata explains how it is like to think and speak in more than one language. Language to her is an important link to her, family, country, childhood and the deepest layer of her identity. At times she is overwhelmed by a sense of fear and guilt of losing her mother tongue and thus losing a part of herself. I feel that this is not true as the mother tongue is part of you and one will never forget it.This is what Sujata thought happened to her until she had a dream. This part of the poem is written in the Gujarati language which shows that she hasn’t forgotten her mother tongue. “I thought I spit it out” but it started to bud in the speaker's mouth because “It grows back, a stump of a shoot” This reassures her that as long as her identity remains important to her, she will never lose her language.Have you ever felt like you are isolated? Well, when I was young I felt that because we were not taught more than one language! Have people made fun of you when you were young?There are lots of advantages of being bilingual. When people are bilingual they tend to improve their cognitive skills as well as being able to multitask by gaining more attention. Not only being bilingual can help you learn the more foreign language but also helps you learn new words, spot rhymes, categorize words, and improve communication skills. Being bilingual helps my children find reading and writing easy and they are able to do read and write more than one language perfectly as they have a sharper brain. They are creative and imaginative and can understand thing much faster. Another advantage is that you can speak more than one language anywhere, anytime and to anyone. When we went to Japan as a family for holidays, my children could communicate with the locals in Japanese to ask for directions, to make friends, to ask for tourist places to see and much more. They were able to do this because they knew Japanese along with Hindi and English. Being bilingual also helps you travel abroad more easily and also being able to relax, have fun and have help whenever you needed.Another advantage is that you can speak more than one language anywhere, anytime and to anyone. When we went to Japan as a family for holidays, my children could communicate with the locals in Japanese to ask for directions, to make friends, to ask for tourist places to see and much more. They were able to do this because they knew Japanese along with Hindi and English. Being bilingual also helps you travel abroad more easily and also being able to relax, have fun and have help whenever you needed.In addition to that Bilingualism can make friends easily as they can communicate and connect with each other in different languages wherever they are living in. Moreover, being bilingual helps people to stay connected with your family as you are able to communicate with them in your native language and not only in English also it helps to stay in touch with roots, culture, and heritage as you can pick up a phone call to talk or send an email in your native languageIt also helps slow down aging effects and prevent illness that damages the cell even more like Alzheimer diseases. I believe all this is true as My children are able to speak lots of languages including their native language and English and they have a very strong education, have a well-deserved job.They are always being able to keep in touch with their culture and their loved ones. Another advantage is that people respect you more and people recognize you are there as you can interact with different nationalities before.Our world was not as global as today generations as schools have become more internationalized and modern. We are living in Dubai but we are from India. During my childhood schools, we only had schools that used to teach only the languages of India such as Hindi, Kannada, Gujarati etc. During these times, people used to be in one country all the time and did not have the opportunities to travel a lot. Due to this, I did not have many friends and was always isolated as I was not able to communicate with others from different nationalities as they did not know the language fluently. This was a need because when you communicate with others you get to know information happening around the world, school updates and also you can ask for directions in case you're lost. But now, Drastic changes have occurred as there an international school in India such as British, American, IB, Arabic, Italian, French and much more.During my childhood days in India, no schools had international language courses and only local languages but now many schools have initiated second language courses such as Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish, Korean and Arabic. We never had the opportunities to travel around the world, meet new people, communicate with them as our world was a simple world.Now the schools are demanding more and more. Students have become more globalized learning different languages. When we were young we were really shy and used always stay at home and not socialize, my classmates used to make fun of me due to this by calling me a loner as I have always been isolated and lived on my own! I always feared that my children will be like that but I was wrong as Being bilingual my children have been more confident in learning in school. I am really happy with the progress they made. Bilingualismis an advantage!! I am convinced and have raised bilingual kids! So should you!Overall I would like to say that being bilingual is a good thing and it my hope to change the views of people of bilingualism. I want to inspire people through my blog and try to convince them.Views: 45Commented: 261000 words Bibliography Myler, Tory. "Key Advantages and Disadvantages of Being Bilingual." Key Advantages and Disadvantages of Being Bilingual. Omniglot, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2017. http://www.omniglot.com/language/articles/bilingualadvantages.htmKey Advantages and Disadvantages of Being Bilingual. 2015. Key Advantages and Disadvantages of Being Bilingual. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.omniglot.com/language/articles/bilingualadvantages.htm. [Accessed 30 December 2015].pros and cons of raising bilingual children | Raising Bilingual Children. 2015. pros and cons or raising bilingual ch

 

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