Raising Bilingual Children in Ireland
18:30 - 20:00
Dr Francesca La Morgia is Assistant Professor in Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin, and the coordinator of the Irish Research Network in Childhood Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Since 2006, her research has focused on child language development and bilingualism. Francesca has been running workshops for bilingual families, teachers and other professionals for 10 years, and in 2017 she founded Mother Tongues, to offer these workshops and classes to a wider audience.
Francesca will address the following questions in this informative talk:
Why do some bilingual children prefer one language over the other? Is it true that bilingual children start speaking late? How can I help my child to develop two languages at the same time? How long will it take for my child to learn the school language? Is it too late to start speaking my mother tongue to my child?
These and other questions will be addressed in this informative talk for parents who are raising bilingual or multilingual children. Parents will learn about bilingual language development and about some of the most common strategies to support their child's linguistic development throughout childhood. They will also find out more about the cognitive, social and educational benefits of bilingualism across the lifespan.