Barbara Zurer Pearson, Ph.D. is a bilingualism expert with more than twenty years of research experience in the fields of bilingualism and linguistics. She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her pioneering work on bilingual learning by infants and children and on language assessment has been published in scholarly journals and in the book Language and Literacy in Bilingual Children.

Buy her 2008 book, “Raising a Bilingual Child,” available on and in bookstores! Published by Random House, the book is a step-by-step guide on how to raise a child to speak more than one language.



“Pearson has used her keen insights about the issues that parents are concerned about to paint an in-depth and interesting-to-read handbook.“

—Fred Genesee, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, McGill University, Co-author of Dual Language Instruction: A Handbook for Enriched Education