Wojtek, thank you for your suggestion. It's true, a separate section for non-native families seeking to foster a second language would have some merits.
Let me back up, though, and tell you that, when this forum first opened, I did include a couple of additional boards for "sub-groups" of people...and they were rarely used. Finally, I thought it best to close them and add their threads to the main boards. In fact, adding these threads to the other boards wasn't difficult because the subject matter overlapped.
That's why I don't think boards for sub-groups--at least at this stage of our forum's life--will work in the way we hope. Every such group, of course, would have certain issues that are very specific to their situations. But for the most part, the main issues involved in the experience of raising bilingual children are largely the same for us all, often revolving around the "core conditions" of exposure and need. (The child must receive ample exposure to the target language on a regular basis and feel a genuine need to use this language actively.)
Thus, boards for sub-groups end up receiving only modest interest, from a limited number of people, and mostly produce threads that could just as well be part of the main boards for everyone. And if they're not placed there, on the main boards, then much of the community won't see them and can't benefit from them.
So, for the time being at least--until this forum is even bigger and more active--it's probably best to continue limiting the number of boards so the content doesn't become too scattered and redundant. Your suggestion is still a good one, and well worth keeping in mind for the future, but I'm not sure the site is yet ready to effectively include smaller sub-groups.
As always, though, I'm open to everyone's thoughts and suggestions on this issue, or other issues, involving the management and growth of this community.
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Mayken: School starts again tomorrow. This year, exceptionally, 7yo will have all of her ml classes in 2 half days, instead of 1h/day. We'll see how that goes. (She's in 2nd grade.)
Sept 3, 2017 17:58:36 GMT 9
Amy: "Bonne rentrée" Mayken! Hope this new schedule will work well for your daughter though I have no doubt she will keep up her already excellent bilingual level
Sept 3, 2017 18:57:33 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks Amy! Bonne rentrée to you too! My daughter has ml on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow!) and Thursday afternoons.
Sept 5, 2017 5:39:39 GMT 9
Amy: First Wednesday at home magic: ml2 bathed home and catching my 5 year old singing along her music player in ml2.... Bilingual bliss! Only you fellow bilingual parents could understand this
Sept 6, 2017 21:05:46 GMT 9
Mayken: Planning to send my daughter to ml school again during the next holidays. But it's ok, she's looking forward to it!
Sept 8, 2017 4:45:12 GMT 9
Mayken: We had our parents meetings with the ml teacher, my daughter will have a lot of work this year! One parent asked "which kids actually do speak ml at home?" Does that mean many of them don't???
Sept 13, 2017 5:02:26 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - my daughter is a lot younger than yours (just starting PS), but in her class there are two children with Spanish-speaking parents, but apparently neither of them actually speak it...disappointing!
Sept 13, 2017 6:28:10 GMT 9
Amy: Nellie, these 2 kids might simply be passive bilinguals, and as you know the penny might simply drop one day and they'll start using Spanish...
Sept 13, 2017 17:05:33 GMT 9
Mayken: In our ml class the kids are required to have a high level of ml. In class they only speak ml (this year there's a penalty for speaking ML!). I assumed they all speak ml with the ml parent at home. (I've known those kids for 2 years.)
Sept 13, 2017 23:42:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Yes I'm sure you're right and they are passive bilinguals! And they are young. I certainly hope by your daughter's age that my little one will be speaking ml1 with me - have already seen a lot of progress over the last week! The penny is dropping!
Sept 14, 2017 5:51:52 GMT 9
Patricia: Has anyone encountered studies, or personal accounts, of bilingualism (or multilingualism) playing a role in delayed speech?
Sept 15, 2017 1:31:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Patricia, please complete your Profile (see my "welcome message" for guidance), then post your questions to the forum boards. Thank you.
Sept 15, 2017 6:14:15 GMT 9