Virginia Rojas Before I embark on my summary, here are a couple of links written by other people quoting her, from Patana, the Telegraph, and some very useful myth busting on language (worth a read). Rojas commenced her talk by going through the common myths on children and language (see myth busting above). She then explained the 5 types of bilinguals (for more you can read this summary) … Continue reading A linguistic trio – Part 1 – Rojas
Crisfield (Blog) Like Rojas, Crisfield began by dispelling some of the common “mummy myths” around language, particularly that it was easier to learn for children – she said something that every parent with older children will have personal experience of – “no it’s still hard, but they’re just too small to complain”. Although they are more phonetically sensitive and therefore more likely to speak other languages … Continue reading A linguistic Trio – part 2 Crisfield
I went to a professional development session the other day on motivating secondary students to read. It was a pretty good session with lots of interaction and ideas. But it did give me pause for thought. About the premise. Yes I agree that reading is important – fundamental in fact to any kind of academic life at any level above primary school. I love an … Continue reading The myth of "reluctance"?
One of the things I did as part of my research was to summarise the factors that contributed to a family being able to teach and maintain their mother tongue in their children while living / being educated in an English dominant environment. First I present the table of factors, and then I present myself filling in this table as an exercise in my own … Continue reading Mother Tongue – How to assess your likelihood of success
As the parent of children who are growing up in a bilingual household I am passionate about languages, bilingualism and supporting mother tongue. In February 2013, international Mother Tongue Day I organised a forum for parents to share ideas on mother tongue promotion and maintenance. The following link will take you to a summary of the presentations, suggested readings etc. Continue reading Events & Initiatives