Continuing in the spirit and theme of helping your children fit in with a new culture, I'd like to talk briefly about the benefits of having your children acquire a "temporary" language. These days, more families are moving to other countries/cultures with their children, for a few or several years, and then moving either home … Continue reading Local Language or Not?
As promised, updates from Bangor. It was quite a day - I haven't spent this much time in lectures in many, many years. All were interesting, but some were more challenging than others. Thoughts of the day: 1. Issues in Bilingualism - Statistic: 56% of EU citizens speak a second language. 38% master two foreign … Continue reading Breaking news from Bangor: Day 1
The annual Bilingualism Summer School held at the University of Bangor is probably one of the best places to talk about bilingualism. It's two weeks of researchers, academics and students, all gathered for the same thing - to talk about various aspects of bilingualism. This year, I have the good fortune to be attending for … Continue reading Talking about Bilingualism in Bangor
One of the points I bring up in all my seminars is that parents who are raising bilingual children need to learn the theory behind the process. The reasons for this are varied, but overall, I believe that parents have a better chance creating a smooth road to bilingualism if they understand the factors that … Continue reading Building Your Bilingualism Library
Or in this case, in the classroom. Yesterday, I spend the morning at my children's school, helping with the "Defi-Anglais", or the "English Challenge". Every year, they pick a subject, and have a cross-grade team competition, and this year it was English. Needless to say, I went along to help out. Over the morning, we … Continue reading The Proof is in the Pudding…
In my previous post, I discussed the situation of bilingual families, in which the choice raise children with two languages, and the two languages to choose, is dictated by the languages in question. I've spent the last few days in London, which is truly a multilingual city. Parents are speaking with children in a plethora … Continue reading Choosing a second language (con’t)