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Q&A: Family language or a third language for a bilingual child’s education?

Q&A: Family language or a third language for a bilingual child’s education?

  Question Hello I would like to ask for your thoughts on our idea to place our 4-and-a-half-year-old in an English-speaking school. We are a French family of four and after living in francophone countries, we moved to Lithuania last Sept. My son enrolled in the French school and picked up Lithuanian fairly easily due […]

Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

  Question Hello! I am currently pregnant with my first child (boy) and due to give birth in two months. I come from Pakistan and my husband is German. My mother tongue is Urdu whilst my husband’s is German. English is the common language at home with my husband and also the community language as […]

Q&A: How to choose the main school language for a trilingual child?

Q&A: How to choose the main school language for a trilingual child?

  Question Dear all, we are a bilingual family. My husband speaks English to our 3-year-old son, I speak German to him. My husband and I speak English at home, our son speaks German to me and English to my husband. We live in the Netherlands. At daycare our son speaks English and Dutch. Our […]

Q&A: How to choose the school language for a bilingual child in a multilingual society?

Q&A: How to choose the school language for a bilingual child in a multilingual society?

  Question Hello, I am from a small town in South Africa where the two dominant languages are English and Afrikaans. I have been English my whole life but married an Afrikaans man. We have a two-year-old who has been exposed to both languages from birth but he predominantly speaks English. The better schools here […]

Q&A: Should parents always speak their native language with their children?

Q&A: Should parents always speak their native language with their children?

  Question Hello I work in a school and we have concerns about a child whose English vocabulary is very limited. Her mother (who is native English speaker but who spent part of her childhood in France) speaks to her in French at home. Father is absent so French is the main language used at […]

Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

  Question Hello, My daughter is two years old. We live in Beirut, Lebanon. Our community language is Arabic. Our schools provide education either in English or in French. Some schools teach both English and French languages equally. Since birth, my daughter was exposed to both English and Arabic. At first, I used to speak […]

Q&A: How to support a small bilingual child with the school languages?

Q&A: How to support a small bilingual child with the school languages?

  Question Hi The best way to learn a language? We live in the country (Spain), of course. Well this is our problem: We have a son who is three and a half. He was born in Barcelona. We have lived here for many years. I’m English and his mother is Danish. We both speak […]

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 […]