Raising Bilingual Children


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Parent information session on raising bilingual children on 9 April 2013 at the town iov Victoria Park Library. Target audience were parents and care givers with more than one language. 1 hour session.

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Raising Bilingual Children

  1. 1. Presentation for parents at Victoria Park Library on 9 April 2013
  2. 2.  About me Setting goals for your family Benefits of bilingualism Bi-literacy Issues and answers Our tips for parents About Bilingual Families Perth Quickly tell me a bit about you, please!?
  3. 3.  Mother of two bilingual children (14+16yo) Husband who speaks English only Strong desire for kids to become bilingual Issues with kids’ languages Not a linguist but parent and lawyer who founded Bilingual Families Perth 12 years ago If not me/us who, if not now when?
  4. 4. I want my child/ren to This is called… Understand  Bilingual Speak ◦ Can you teach them, or who can? Read  Bi-literate Write ◦ Can you teach them, or who can? Learn about and live in my cultural context  Bi-cultural ◦ You are the role model You decide about the right goal for your family!
  5. 5.  Favourite videos: Bilingual fish, bilingual cat  Communication advantages  Cultural knowledge  Cognitive abilities  Personal benefits  Curriculum advantages
  6. 6. Success factor: INPUT One Person - one language Minority language at home Both Parents both languages Minority languages is only spoken at special occasions
  7. 7.  Why is reading so important? ◦ Increase vocabulary ◦ Repetition ◦ Pre-literacy skills Where can you get bilingual books? ◦ Local library – check foreign language and bilingual books online; order, and pick up at your local library ◦ Internet – www.gerbers.de ◦ Gifts from family and friends abroad (at your request) ◦ Create them yourself
  8. 8. 1. Do two language confuse 1. No the child? 2. Don’t worry,2. Child speaks one expose language only 3. Be a good model3. Child mixes languages 4. Inform, discuss,4. How to convince rest of meet others family?5. When to worry if child 5. Get advice, does not talk increase input6. How to motivate self and 6. Commitment, child? Fun!!!7. Where/how to learn more 7. BFP, Library, about this? Internet
  9. 9. OUR MISSION: to support and promotetwo languages in the family and community Not-for profit network that connects parents Family support from parent to parent : Advice, advocacy and referral Kids Language Clubs Workshops Social events Brochure ‘Language Choice for New Parents’ Newsletters and Website: www.bilingualfamilies.net
  10. 10.  Trust your gut feelings and abilities Focus on small steps, celebrate, enjoy every little progress Team Up Explain what you do to other people Allow for special solutions when child sick or tired Don’t force it! Have a go and have fun!
  11. 11. E-mail: bilingualfamilies@yahoo.com.auWeb: www.bilingualfamilies.netFacebook: ww.facebook.com/BilingualFamiliesPerthContact: PO Box 517, Mt Hawthorn WA 6915, AustraliaCoordinator Irma Lachmund04 666 404 55