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What is Bilingualism?

Definition 1: The use of more than one language.
Definition 2: The ability to communicate naturally and fluently in more than one language in all areas of life.

Between these definitions lie worlds. Somewhere in between we want to see our children.
And as we know that life means learning in our constantly changing world, we understand that Bilingualism is a process, not a result.

But why do we want our children to become bilingual?

Where to learn more about bilingualism?

Dr Susanne Dopke is a bilingual speech pathologist and linguist who lives in Melbourne. She runs a consultancy and assists families in the journey of raising children in more than one language. She has published extensively on the subject of raising children in more than one language and runs workshops on the topic. Read some of her publications here (all pdf files): 

Two languages in early childhood

Raising children bilingually - some suggestions for parents

Understanding bilingualism and language disorder

 

Professor Stephen Zubrick from the Centre for Development Health at Curtin University has been working on language delay in children. In a collaborative project with the University of Kansas he examined "Developmental pathways in language emergence from two to seven". His research outcomes were subject of a seminar for teachers and child development specialists, delivered in October 2009 and featured in No.84 of "Family Matters". Download his seminar presentation here from the website of the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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