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
- 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
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.