In this section, you can find Q&As about bilingual children attending nursery or school.

A crucial point in a bilingual child’s life is when they start attending nursery or school in the majority language. At this stage, there is a tendency for the school language to take over and become the child’s dominant language. The child may start to use less of the family language and may even stop responding to it. Because this is such an important phase, it is important that parents know how to prepare for it and how to tackle the potential challenges. However, the nursery or school choice can also be a supporting factor for a child’s multilingual language development.

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...

Q&A: Bilingual school – a good way to add a third language for a bilingual child?

Q&A: Bilingual school – a good way to add a third language for a bilingual child?

Question Hi, I am a first time mom (my baby is 2mo) and both my husband and I are interested in raising our child as multilingual/trilingual. We are both Spanish and living in Ireland, and as per all the reading we have been doing about bilingualism we are speaking...