2017 was a busy year for me, and ended with the splitting of my site for parents (this one) from my site for schools (now at http://www.crisfieldeducationalconsulting.com). Although in many ways it is easier to maintain one site, and although the messages I hope to share on my blog are equally important for parents and … Continue reading Top 5 posts of 2017
Mother tongue promotion in the school helps develop not only the mother tongue but also children’s abilities in the majority school language. (Cummins, J. 2001) This year I am celebrating International Mother Language Day at home, speaking many languages with my own children - mother, father and other. Last year, for IMLD 2015, I had … Continue reading International Mother Language Day: Putting your money where your mouth is!
Education in the mother language is an essential part of achieving these goals – to facilitate learning and to bolster skills in reading, writing and mathematics,” she added, noting that taking this forward will require a sharper focus on teaching training, revisions of academic programmes and the creation of suitable learning environments. Yes, yes and … Continue reading United Nations News Centre – On Mother Language Day, UN spotlights role of native tongue in education
This is revised from a previous post, and is for all the Dads out there wondering why they are being left out of the party... Traditionally, bilingualism research used the term "Mother Tongue" to describe the language spoken by the mother. Because there is no use of "Father Tongue" there is an implication that the … Continue reading Mother Tongue, Father Tongue?
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” ― Nelson Mandela I've been really excited to write this post for the International Mother Language Day campaign, because this topic is at the heart … Continue reading Supporting Mother Tongue (everyone’s!) at school
This post was inspired by a reader question, and fits well with the theme of the month, so I am putting my thoughts in a post. This family is from the Middle East, and has Arabic and English as the two languages in their language plan. They began their family in the Middle East and … Continue reading When the Mother Tongue becomes a minority language: Changing your family plan
I wrote this post at the end of the school year last year, the first year my children attended a European School. As both a professional in the field of bilingualism and as a parent of bilingual children, it was a year of reflection and growth for me in my understandings of a truly … Continue reading #IMLD: Supporting languages at school
Last night I had the pleasure of spending the evening with a very diverse group of parents. All of them had children who will grow up with two languages, and many had children growing up with three or more languages. A few of the families are lucky enough to have multilingual partners, who speak … Continue reading Whole-family support for (very minor) minority languages
You can not open a book without learning something. - Confucius If you are looking for resources to help on your journey to bilingualism with your children it may sometimes feel overwhelming. A simple search will turn up dozens, if not hundreds of books, some obviously aimed at parents, other at academics. To help you … Continue reading #IMLD: Best books about bilingualism for parents
Hire more multilingual employees, because these employees can communicate better, have better intercultural sensitivity, are better at co-operating, negotiating, compromising. But they can also think more efficiently. Antonella Sorace Every once in a while I meet someone who makes me consider this point again. It's usually (as it was this time) someone who says to … Continue reading #IMLD: Top 5 (now 6) Reasons to Choose Bilingualism for your Child v2.0