Definition of multilingualism from an individual and a research perspective Language attitudes towards different languages Multilingualism in the urban scenery (linguistic landscaping) Language policies and the protection of endangered languages Heritage language maintenance and transmission in multilingual communities Advantages and challenges of multilingualism in the workplace Multilingualism in education (the case of the trilingual education) The role of the English language in multilingual education models The cognitive advantage of bi- or multilinguals Types and features of minority languages New speakers of minority languages Language contact (contact linguistics)
Not all of the topics might be relevant to us but it can still be an enriching experience. It is also aimed at parents raising or wishing to raise bilingual or multilingual children.
Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at a wide range of people with an interest in multilingualism such as migrants, linguistics and language students, teachers, language policy makers, professionals who are working in a multilingual environment or parents, who are considering to raise their children multilingually.
The course will begin on October 15th 2018, so you have time to think it over.
I was shocked that even Arturo Hernández, a researcher with expertise in bilingualism, struggled to make his children speak the ml and had doubt about what languages to speak when living abroad.
Every child is different, Agnese. I think that's the conclusion I'd draw. There is no one-size-fits-all language strategy. As much as this man is an expert in his field, maybe he did not find straight away the right language strategy with his own children. Kids can be such a mystery at times.
Yeah, every child is different, not only on the bilingual path, and it is very easy as parents just to look at whatever other children do best and get concerned.
And then every family is different. I was very surprised some months ago when I met a mom bilingual herself in two languages who was a psychologist studying bilingualism but she was talking to her son in only one of the languages (and not the one she learnt as a child but the one she learnt as a young adult and shared with her husband).
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Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9
Mayken: It's our last night in Canada. We've said goodbye to our English-speaking and bilingual English/French friends but we have lots of memories and souvenirs. Let's see how I can keep up the momentum back home.
Aug 21, 2019 9:06:07 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful trip, Mayken! Safe travels home!
Aug 22, 2019 10:33:45 GMT 9