So it happened, the moment every married person dreads... I forgot my anniversary! Thankfully, it was only my blog anniversary, so I only need be angry with myself. But to mark the milestone, even a few days late, here are some interesting facts: 1. What I blog about: Bilingualism/multilingualism 2. What my "specialization" is: child … Continue reading Three years of blogging about bilingualism!
To have another language is to possess a second soul. Charlemagne Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/charlemagn182029.html#trkFxkBroweWuwU0.99 As someone who has lived within the academic world since the age of five years old, I always feel like the beginning of September is the "New Year" for me. The last six months have been very busy for me, … Continue reading New Year, New Bilingualism Projects!
As we come to the end of the school year I've been reflecting on how much the school impacts successful bilingual development. Most schools are not "bilingual" schools, or "immersion" schools, or indeed any kind of language-based school model. Many schools believe that their only job is to ensure that all their pupils master the … Continue reading Five ways your school can support multilingualism
I actually say that every time I do a seminar on raising bilingual children. I take my copy, and I show it around, and tell the parents that *this* is the book to buy. So what is so great about this book already (it's been top of my recommended resources list since I started) and … Continue reading If you only buy one book about bilingualism… (A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism)
The question of reading - who reads what and in what language? is a common one in bilingual families. Should each parent only read books in their own language? Is it okay to read books in the other language? What if your accent is terrible? What if you only want to read in *your* language … Continue reading “A” is for airplane. But “V” is for vliegtuig… the beauty of bilingual resources from Diglot Books
Back by popular demand, the "Raising Bilingual Children: Six building blocks for success" seminar is being offered in Amsterdam, March 31, 2014. This seminar offers an overview of the theory of bilingualism/multilingualism, in an accessible and interesting lecture. We then move into the practicalities of raising children with more than one language: ways and means, … Continue reading Amsterdam Seminar: Raising Bilingual Children: Six building-blocks for success
After my last post on dialect, Yin kindly directed me to her post about this very same issue. I come to the dialect/language question from a professional perspective; I have never personally been faced with this difficult and emotionally weighted question. So I share with you this post which I think demonstrates very well some … Continue reading Reblog: Dialect or Not, That is the Question.
For all those who are local, we are offering the seminar "Raising Bilingual Children: Six building blocks for success" in cooperation with Jacaranda Tree Montessori in Amsterdam, on October 17, from 20h00-22h00. This seminar is aimed at parents (or parents-to-be) who have either decided on bi/multilingualism for their children, or are considering it. The seminar … Continue reading Raising Bilingual Children: Seminar October 17 (Amsterdam)
I've had this book, The Bilingual Edge (Kendall King & Alison Mackey) on my book shelf for a couple of years, but hadn't got around to reading it. While looking for books to bring with me for the long flight to DC, it caught my eye. I've read it now, and thought that I would … Continue reading The Bilingual Edge (book review)