In my last post, Recommended Resources: “Bilingual: Life and Reality” by François Grosjean, I reviewed this fine primer on bilingualism.
This time, I thought I would create a little quiz based on the information found in Dr. Grosjean’s book. Here are 10 questions related to bilingualism. How many of them can you answer correctly?
1. How many languages are there in the world today?
a. Around 1,000
b. Around 3,000
c. Around 5,000
d. Around 7,000
2. What percentage of the Earth’s population of 7 billion people can be considered “bilingual”?
a. At least 10%
b. At least 30%
c. At least 50%
d. At least 70%
3. Both monolingual children and bilingual children speak their first word at what age, on average?
a. At around 9 months
b. At around 11 months
c. At around 13 months
d. At around 15 months
4. What percentage of bilingual children are “simultaneous bilinguals” (learning two or more languages at the same time)?
a. Less than 20%
b. Less than 30%
c. Less than 40%
d. Less than 50%
5. What is the main factor leading to a child’s language development and use?
a. The child’s age when beginning to acquire that language
b. The child’s need for that language
c. The parents’ fluency in that language
d. The parents’ knowledge of language acquisition
6. When the majority language is dominant in a child acquiring two languages simultaneously, what is the likely cause?
a. The child suffers from a language delay in the minority language.
b. The child attends school in the majority language.
c. The child is mixing the two languages.
d. The child isn’t receiving sufficient exposure in the minority language.
7. Research has shown that the “minority language at home” approach, where both parents use the minority language, has a higher rate of success than the “one person-one language” approach, which may not provide the child with sufficient exposure in the second language. How much higher is this rate of success?
8. Difficulties with language development affect the same percentage of children, whether monolingual or bilingual. What is that percentage?
9. What is the main reason that many people speak a language with an accent?
a. The age when the language was acquired
b. A lack of ability in the language
c. A lack of need for the language
d. A lack of exposure to the language
10. The myth that bilingualism has negative effects on the development of children can be traced back to faulty studies in this field. When did research begin to show more positive effects?
a. Toward the end of the 19th century
b. In the first half of the 20th century
c. Midway through the 20th century
d. Toward the end of the 20th century
Now give these two quizzes a try, too…
Another Fun Quiz on Bilingualism! Test Your Knowledge! (based on the book A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism by Colin Baker)
Take This Quiz on Bilingual Acquisition in Children! How Many Will You Get Right? (based on the book Bilingual First Language Acquisition by Annick De Houwer)