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Raising Multilingual Children
Transcript of Raising Multilingual Children
Challenges and Rewards
Bali International School
With Susi Pucci
What is Mother Tongue?
What is Your Mother Tongue(s)?
turn and talk
How is Mother Tongue Developed?
influenced in utero
develops from birth
needed for 'survival'
also known as Native Language, First Language or L1
you can have more than one!
Let's take a minute...
What are your language
for your child(ren)?
How skilled do you want your child(ren) to be?
Just speaking or full literacy and fluency?
Family Language Plan and Goal Setting
Inconsistencies with learning
Uses simplistic vocabulary and may lack a rich vocabulary in any language
Hard to express oneself with emotions
Difficulty with expressing thoughts/thinking in speaking & writing
Difficulty with higher level thinking
Difficulty retaining information for the long term memory
Challenges with Lack of Strong L1
Rewards of Strong L1
Strong level of creativity
Solid problem-solving ability--multiple viewpoints, multicultural lens
Superior awareness of language properties--grammar, patterns, vocabulary
Greater capacity for inventiveness and creativity with oral and written language
Heightened respect for different languages and cultures
learners share global approach to life
Higher performance rate than monolinguals on tests of intelligence and tests of fluency, flexibility, and originality
Greater marketability in today's professional world
Supply ample opportunities to develop and expand the mother tongue(s)--build vocabulary.
Expectations at BIS
Honesty with teachers about the level of language your child has in his/her mother tongue.
Support the native language with reading to your child in their mother tongue. Singing is great.
Have a family language plan in place.
Implement a strong home mother tongue policy.
Speak your mother tongue with your child and
mixing languages (
Take home educational articles available on back table
Share both the triumphs and concerns.
other article links below:
Mother Tongue Survey on Beliefs
What the research shows...
research on back table
research on back table
Good oral proficiency in the mother tongue (L1)
--> Good oral proficiency in L2
Good oral proficiency in L1 and English
Good oral proficiency, good literacy development, good cognitive development =