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Q&A: Literacy: how to teach reading and writing when exposure time is limited?

Q&A: Literacy: how to teach reading and writing when exposure time is limited?

  Question Good day, I am a German native living in South Africa. My husband is South African and speaks to my 3-year-old son English and the local language isiSetswana. I solely speak German to him. Since he goes to an English creche, English is his main language. He started speaking quite late due to […]

Q&A: When to introduce the majority language to a homeschooled child speaking two minority languages?

Q&A: When to introduce the majority language to a homeschooled child speaking two minority languages?

  Question Hi! My daughter just turned two and I’ve been speaking to her in Cantonese since she was born. My husband has been speaking to her in Korean. She currently speaks both languages well. We live in the US, so community language is English. I have yet to introduce her to English other than […]

Q&A: English-only or dual-language school for a trilingual child?

Q&A: English-only or dual-language school for a trilingual child?

  Question Hello, We have two pre-schoolers (4 and 1.5 years old respectively) who are growing up as trilinguals. I am Korean, and my husband is Persian. We are also fortunate that we live with our mother-in-law who speaks only Farsi and helps raise our children at home. We have maintained OPOL policy and my […]

Q&A: When to teach literacy in the minority language and how to support a bilingual child with a new language?

Q&A: When to teach literacy in the minority language and how to support a bilingual child with a new language?

  Question Hi, My son is 3.5 years old. We are from South America (Colombia and Chile) so the language at home is Spanish. My son was born in Australia. He never attended child care there, so he was not exposed too much to English. Ten months ago, we moved to Malaysia. My son is […]

Q&A: How to pass on a family language which the parent is not literate in?

Q&A: How to pass on a family language which the parent is not literate in?

  Question Hi, I have a 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins. I was born in Iran and speak Farsi. I moved to the United States at the age of four, so English is my stronger language. My husband only speaks English and we have a nanny who speaks Spanish. We currently live in the United […]

Classic Arabic vs your local dialect – which one should your children learn?  [guest post]

Classic Arabic vs your local dialect – which one should your children learn? [guest post]

This article has been contributed by Tarek Rabie, founder of Hekayatona, a digital platform committed to encouraging children to read and learn Arabic. For more help and advice on how you can best support your child’s Arabic learning journey you can visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.  One of the biggest challenges […]

Q&A: How to pass on a minority language when both parents work?

Q&A: How to pass on a minority language when both parents work?

Question Hi, I’m currently pregnant but have started questioning so many things about my kids already. Me and my husband both are from India settled in US. My parents do not understand English and can speak only in native language. I would like my kids to learn and write my native language so they can […]

Q&A: Does introducing a new language impact on learning to read and write in another?

Q&A: Does introducing a new language impact on learning to read and write in another?

Question Hei, in search of advice I have found your webpage and hope you can help me with the following problem: Our family (me, my husband, and two boys, aged 4 and 6.5) are German living in Norway. Both kids go to Norwegian kindergarten/school, so the surrounding language (possible strongest language) is Norwegian, but at […]

Q&A: Literacy for a bilingual child: How to teach reading in similar languages?

Q&A: Literacy for a bilingual child: How to teach reading in similar languages?

Questions Hello, I have been recently thinking how and when to teach my girl letters / reading. I find it a little bit difficult or think that it can be confusing for my girl. My girl is Polish / English bilingual kid. For example English word: Octopus. Letter: “O” in English we say like: “A” […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 16

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 16

Snapshots from the everyday life of our (growing) fictional multilingual family, written by a bilingual mother. Monday Feeling a lot better, no morning sickness anymore but still extremely tired, just like with the previous two. I fall asleep on the sofa most evenings and I am so happy that hubby has taken over most of […]