Is it okay to read to your child in another language?
The other day when my Czech friend Jolana and I were exchanging emails about her fall English language classes, she raised an interesting question: She wanted to start a small English-language library for her students to give them greater exposure to the language in different contexts, but feared that “normal” Czech parents might be intimidated reading to their children in English. Without giving the question much thought, I responded that I wasn’t sure either. I couldn’t really picture one of the non-English speaking parents of the children I teach feeling very confident picking up a borrowed English book and reading it to their child. Even some of the parents I know that speak English choose to communicate with me in Czech.