How to raise a bilingual child ? Benefits and challenges

The Embassy of France and Telopea Park School/ Lycée franco-australien de Canberra

Cordially invite you to attend the conference

 

How to raise a bilingual child ?

Benefits and challenges

 Speakers:

  •  Dr Ruth Fielding, University of Canberra, Professor, Languages curriculum and TESOL
  •  Vishnu Kaleeckal Krishnankutty Nair, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, PhD
  •  Catherine Adam, Professor, Faculty of Humanities Université de Bretagne Occidentale

 

Venue: Telopea Park School, Lycée franco-australien de Canberra, New South Wales Crescent, Barton ACT 2600

Date: Monday 15 September – 5.30pm to 7.30pm

RSVP: https://bilingualchild.eventbrite.com.au

Abstracts :

Being and Becoming Bilingual: The benefits and challenges of educating a child in a bilingual setting

 

By Dr Ruth Fielding, University of Canberra, Professor,         Languages curriculum and TESOL

 Educating your child in a bilingual setting can be challenging . I will give an overview of the benefits and challenges of raising a child bilingually. There are many misconceptions , with many people fearing “damaging” their child’s education. I will dispel some of those myths and show what research indicates are some of the ways to best cater for your child in a bilingual environment. I will illustrate the communicative, cultural, cognitive, identity, curriculum and future benefits of strong forms of bilingual education for children.

 One world: Many languages

 One mind : Many advantages

 By Vishnu Kaleeckal Krishnankutty Nair, ARC Centre of     Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, PhD

A growing number of studies reported advantages in cognitive control tasks for bilingual children and adults. Evidence suggests that the bilingual benefits extend beyond cognitive control tasks and lead to an advantage in novel word learning (new language learning). Significant benefits were also observed for late bilinguals as well as for poorest bilingual individuals who come from lower socio economic status.