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Raising a Bilingual Child
By Barbara Zurer Pearson, Ph.D.
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Link for Winter '09 Amherst Language Lounges at the Toy Box, 201 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst

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September-October 2008 Issue, BZP Interview with Alice LaPuerta

(See also the cool review from the same issue--"If you are going to read only one book on multilingualism, we suggest that you let this be the one!")

Check it out a new blog,
Week of March 2, 2009 -- I'm the expert on

Lots of features, lots of energy; lots of tips.

Dinner on Us, Amherst Family Center
121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst (lower level of Unitarian Church)

Laurie Davidson (of "Mucho Gusto") & Lissa Pierce Bonifaz & me

Monday Feb 9
5:45 pm- 6:45

(come early for dinner,
bring children under 5)

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RSVP to by Feb 10.


Thursday Feb 19
10:30 am

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Brooklyn Program / Wine and Cheese
for Bilingual Parents and Parents-to-be

coordinated by Angela Long (

Saturday March 7
4-5:30 pm

Playspace @

Christ Church Cobble Hill -
326 Clinton St (at Kane)

(small admission)

Event website:


download flyer (pdf)


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Visiting Researcher Program,
ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism
University of Wales Bangor



mid May


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Office of Headstart
National Dual Language Institute: A Time for Action

Washington DC
Hilton Washington

October 28-30, 2008

"Promoting Language Development in
One Language or Two "

Barbara Zurer Pearson (UMA) & Rebecca Hoffman (USF)

Download Handout
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INTERVIEWS. See airtime in red, when available


The World

Wednesday, April 23

11-Noon “The World, BBC/WGBH Boston ”—National NPR

Taped interview with Author
Studio Address: 318 Hampshire House
131 County Circle , Amherst , MA 01003

Studio #: 413-545-4471

Host: Patrick Cox
Boston , MA 02135 , USA
land:     +1-617-300-2731

To appear as part of a "Language and Languages" series. Podcast. Short segment aired October 27. For the whole segment (permanent link).

Wednesday, April 30

9-9:30pm EST “Conversations”
(#1 Sunday AM show in WA, syndicated on 4 stations)


Contact: Lizz Sommars


2-2:30 pm KOIT-AM—Mr. Dad Syndicated/ Located in S. Francisco

“Positive Parenting” show—taped interview with author

Contact: Sally Ann Berk (producer)—510-501-1527

Parent's Journal

Tuesday, May 6

9-9:30 am “The Parent’s Journal with Bobbi Conner” (Nationally syndicated radio show. Carried by 160 stations, mostly on NPR and the Armed Forces Radio Network.

Taped phone interview with Barbara Pearson

Host: Bobbi Conner

Contact: Madeleine Thomas Producer

To air late August 5. Consult the program website for a station in your area, or for a podcast (after it has aired).

Dad Show

Tuesday, June 10

7-8:00pm EST “The Dad Show”—KAZI-FM ( Austin )—also streams on the internet—Live hour-long phone interview with Barbara Pearson

Host: John Chacon

Contact: Rachel Castillo
512-451-7361 ext. 191

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Books and Books

Sunday, April 27

Book Launch Book Signing (poster)
2-4:00 pm
Jones Library

43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: 413-259-3090

Contact: Tina Swift

Books provided by Amherst Books

Odyssey Card

Tuesday, April 29

Book Signing & Reading
7-8:00 pm Odyssey Bookshop


Village Commons

9 College St.
South Hadley , MA 01075

CONTACT: Emily Russo (publicist)

Books and Books

Wednesday, April 30

Book Signing & workshop
El día del los niños ; El día de los libros
5-6:00 pm
Books & Books

265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables , FL   33134
Ph: 305.444.9044 x22
Contact: Emily D. Pardo (

Monday, May 5

Strategies for Bilingual Families

Dinner on Us, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Earthfoods Dining Room
5:30 - 7: 30 pm
All welcome, but new participants, please preregister
Contact: Debra Barrett Glennon,, (413) 545-4466 childcare available

Jones Library

Tuesday, May 20

Panel and Discussion "Helping Our Children Become Bilingual"

with Kathleen Wang, Principal PVCICS
Lissa Pierce, Professor, Leslie College
Barbara Zurer Pearson, UMass Amherst

7 pm
Jones Library, Amherst
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

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Kids Doctor

Tuesday, April 22

10:45-11:00am EST “The Kids Doctor” 103.7 Lite FM–Dallas/Fort Worth

10 minute live interview with Barbara Pearson with call-ins

Hosts: Dr. Sue Hubbard & Dina Schulz

Show will air Sunday 4/27 between 8:30-9:30 am EST. Interview available as a podcast/online listening on Monday 4/28 by noon

Thursday, April 24

1-2pm “Think” ( Dallas KERA 90.1/KERA 13) Regional NPR

Live hour-long interview with Barbara Pearson w/ call-ins and emails

Contact: Jeff Whittington—producer
3000 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas , TX 75201

Monday, April 28

11-11:15am WAMC—“The Roundtable”
(Albany; Regional NPR)

Live Interview Click below to listen (Length 8:17)

Live Interview

Contact: Andy Clegg—518-465-5233 ext. 103

Tuesday, April 29

4:30 - 4:40 pm —“Julio Cesar Comacho Show"
(Radio Union, 1210 AM Miami)

Live Interview

Contact: Sergio Gomez,


9-10 am “ Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins”
(Charlotte, NC WFAE)

Live interview with Barbara Pearson

Contact: Tim Ross (Associate Producer)

OCTOBER 15, 7 pm at the University (Faculty) Club, UMASS AMHERST campus
sponsored by the University Store

Emily Monosson
The Elephant in the Laboratory

Barbara Zurer Pearson
Raising a Bilingual Child

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