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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Mayken: Calling all Paris-area Zookeepers - if you're free in the afternoon of September 14 and want to meet our Head Keeper Adam and other Paris-area zookeepers, get in touch with me via private message!
Aug 29, 2019 23:10:50 GMT 9
Wojtek: My daughter said today that on 20$ bill there is Adam
Sept 8, 2019 7:05:01 GMT 9
Wojtek: Is that Andrew Jackson?
Sept 8, 2019 7:07:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, see you both in Poland very soon!
Sept 9, 2019 15:26:31 GMT 9
Mayken: We finally sold my (9 years old) daughter's pram! The buyers are of Danish (Dad) and Russian/Armenian (Mom) origin. The mom wants to raise her kid (boy, not yet born) bilingual Russian, I encouraged her to do . He'll also get Danish from family in DK.
Sept 30, 2019 1:32:22 GMT 9
Sara: Loving speaking Italian and Spanish with my two whilst living in Australia. Thank you Adam! and other parents for all the Inspo! I am currently writing a report for my masters and it's all about EAL/D learners so I am using great content covered here.
Sept 30, 2019 19:34:40 GMT 9
Amy: Buena suerte (good luck) with your masters Sara! Glad we can inspire you
Oct 12, 2019 21:44:18 GMT 9
Amy: Adam Beck hearing about typhoon in Japan. Hope you and your family are safe.
Oct 14, 2019 4:12:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Amy, western Japan, where we live, was spared, but the typhoon hit central and eastern Japan very hard. Thank you for thinking of us. I'm thinking of you and your family, along with everyone I met during my trip! (And I can picture you now, too!)
Oct 14, 2019 11:09:23 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sara, cheers from Japan to Australia! I wish you all the best with your efforts at home and for your report!
Oct 14, 2019 11:11:22 GMT 9
Mayken: Last night, I couldn't think of the ml word for puffin, and my daughter beat me to it, in a cute way: It's Papageitaucher (literally parrot diver) but she said Tauchpapagei (diving parrot).
Oct 14, 2019 23:11:32 GMT 9
Amy: It's a relief to hear you're all safe Adam Beck! Mayken, I loved that cute story and I love how your ml structures its words, it is always so much fun and interesting.
Oct 15, 2019 4:00:34 GMT 9
Nellie: So glad to hear you and your family are safe Adam.
Oct 16, 2019 4:35:04 GMT 9