This is just a brief post on a reflection I had while on holidays. We went to Scotland for two weeks, with English-speaking family. About 10 days into our trip, I got a call from someone in the Netherlands. Now, my Dutch is reasonable, and I can usually understand and make myself understood without too … Continue reading Lessons from Scotland: Use it or lose it!
As I get ready to leave on holidays, I thought I would write a list for myself of topics I'd like to blog on when I come back in September. They are posts that have been running around in my head over the holidays, but I haven't had time to sit down and write them … Continue reading Stay Tuned For…
So, it's been a couple of weeks since my return to student life. I've been reflecting a lot on what I learned, and what I have still to learn, about bilingualism. It was an amazing experience to be with so many people who are interested in the same topics, and who didn't get tired of … Continue reading Reflections on the Summer School in Bilingualism
Tired, tired, tired... seriously more brain work in three days than in the last three months (maybe even more). 1. Issues in Bilingualism: Bilinguals have better "Executive Control", ergo, bilinguals are better at multi-tasking... (my own extrapolation). 2. Bilingual Education in Wales: Today's topic was language use in schools. Question: Should teachers (or can teachers) … Continue reading Bilingualism Boot Camp: Day 3
So, the end of day 2, and I have just finished my homework. Yes, after almost eight hours of lectures today, we still had homework for tomorrow! I think I am going to rename this the "Bilingualism Boot Camp"... Thoughts from today: 1. Issues in Bilingualism: There used to be some thinking that bilingual children … Continue reading Updates from Bangor: Day 2
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
Summer holidays can be a boon or a bane for bilingual families. For some, it means an opportunity to go on vacation in a country where one of their languages is spoken. For families who can manage regular travel to their "home country", this can be a valuable tool for helping children to develop in … Continue reading Talking about bilingualism in the summer holidays.
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…