Challenges in Multilingualism – Navigating Language Dynamics in Multilingual Families

  Being or becoming multilingual has numerous advantages, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. Understanding and addressing these challenges is essential for successful language development and maintenance in multilingual families. Let’s look at some common challenges that arise in multilingual families and discuss strategies to overcome them.   Language Dominance When […]

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Good reads for Multilingual Families

I often get asked by parents, teachers, speech therapists and students, what kind of books I would recommend to read about multilingualism, raising children with multiple languages, language development in multilinguals, multiliteracy (or pluriliteracy), speech language therapy and multilingual children etc.  Here are some of the books I read and use for my workshops, trainings […]

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Language acquisition versus language learning

  What is the difference between language acquisition and language learning.   Some people use the term of language acquisition for all the phases that lead to language fluency, including learning to read and write. Others use the term of language learning even for babies and very young, pre-school children. – But there is a […]

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When the home language is not the dominant language

If you are a multilingual, is your home language your most dominant language? Something that surprises me when I read about language policies in schools and elsewhere is, that it is always assumed that people – children and adults – are most proficient, i.e. most fluent, in their home language. This might be correct for […]

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