2 new podcasts on bilingualism, from Western Sydney University, that I really enjoyed and that only last 20 minutes each:
1. Raising a bilingual baby - "When you speak two languages at home, it makes sense to teach your baby both languages. But many parents worry that raising their baby to be bilingual will actually confuse them. Will learning two languages cause language delays? Now we bust the myths surrounding bilingualism."
Fab post that busts myths. It confirms what I once read somewhere: the studies from which originated the speech delay myth were carried out on refugee kids in WWI and WWII...not the best population to carry out tests on (trauma, new country...).
"Bad science has a habit of sticking about" rightly says one of the experts interviewed.
2. The benefits of bilingualism - There are plenty of benefits of raising a child who learns more than one language at a time. In fact, bilingualism has an incredible effect on the brain. Bilingualism might just give your baby their best shot at being a musical child genius – and making the world a better place! We explain all...
Host: Jamila Rizvi, author, presenter and political commentator Producer: Caitlin Gibson
What's on your mind right now? Just type and hit "Enter" to share it here!
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
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