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Translanguaging as a way of enhancing learning

Translanguaging as a way of enhancing learning

This week’s topic is another manifestation of bilingual living: translanguaging. If you look up the term in Wikipedia, it is described as “the dynamic process whereby multilingual language users mediate complex social and cognitive activities through strategic employment of multiple semiotic resources to act, to know and to be” Clear? For linguists maybe, but not […]

Q&A: How to define a bilingual child's mother tongue and choose the right school language?

Q&A: How to define a bilingual child’s mother tongue and choose the right school language?

Question Hello, I am from a Gujarati family and till graduation I studied in Gujarati then I did my MBA. My wife’s name is from Rajasthan and till graduation she studied in Hindi, then did her MBA. We have a 3-year-old daughter and we are planning her education. We have met a number of people […]

Q&A: Bilingual teenager refuses to study minority language as a subject – what to do?

Q&A: Bilingual teenager refuses to study minority language as a subject – what to do?

Question Hi! What do you recommend doing when your bilingual child is refusing to choose the minority language as a subject in High School? My daughter says she can speak it and doesn’t want to start with the basics and would hate the other pupils asking her for answers all the time. She also refuses […]

Q&A: Should we move our bilingual 8-year-old out of the immersion class?

Q&A: Should we move our bilingual 8-year-old out of the immersion class?

Question Hi, I was reading your article about bilingualism. I hope you could help me. I’m Filipino and I have an 8-year-old daughter. We talk to her in our language (Tagalog) and of course in English. I would say she has had trouble before with her speech. Even now she’s having trouble finding the right […]

Q&A: Minority language at home - what happens when the child starts school in the majority language?

Q&A: Minority language at home – what happens when the child starts school in the majority language?

Question My husband and I are Russians but currently leave in England. Both of us use Russian at home, and since we have been in UK for over 10 years, we are fluent in English. We have a small baby and wish our baby to speak both languages. We are not going to place the […]

Q&A: What questions should we ask the teacher of our bilingual child?

Q&A: What questions should we ask the teacher of our bilingual child?

Question Hi there, I am hoping you can give me some advice. I am from England however I live in Brazil and I have a son Josh who will be four in July. My husband is Brazilian and our home language is English. Josh has for the past four months been attending a private school […]

On bilingual children at school and how to keep your kids speaking your language (Google Hangout)

How to prepare your little bilingual for school? What to do if you get a response in the wrong language? Should you follow the teacher’s advice to drop your home language? These are some of the questions that Marianna Du Bosq from Bilingual Avenue and I answered during our broadcast on International Mother Language Day. […]

Q&A: Practicing reading in two languages

Q&A: Practicing reading in two languages

Question I have 3 and 5 year old children, with whom I speak the minority language, while they speak the majority language with their father and at daycare. They understand and speak my language without problems, though they use the majority language predominantly. My eldest has known the names of the letters in both languages […]

10 things bilingual children do really well

10 things bilingual children do really well

Every child is good at something and as parents we love seeing our children do well. Bilingual children have an added advantage in different situations in their lives – and they often get really good, and – depending on their personality – sometimes cheeky with their language skills. 1. Correct their parents’ language Children in […]

"My children only speak the majority language with each other!"

“My children only speak the majority language with each other!”

So you have successfully passed on your language to your children and they are happy to talk your language with you. Maybe they have also spoken your language amongst themselves up to now. Then the language pattern changes and they switch to the majority language. What happened there? Did you do something wrong? No, you […]