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Multilingual Families, European Commission (May 2014)
Multilingual Families has selected nine reasons why it is a good idea to support your children with more than one language:
A reliable and rich source of information about multilingual education for teachers and parents, including case studies showcasing experiences, examples and best practices on dealing with multilingualism in the home and education. Parents, young people, kindergartens and schools share their experiences, ideas, problems and tips with being multilingual, teaching languages and raising children multilingually.
Maria Walker, SALT (November 2012)
Bilingualism Matters, Bilingualism Matters (2012)
Bilingualism Matters, based at Edinburgh University, carry out research into bilingual language development and can provide information and advice on bilingualism in the early years as well as at all stages of language development. The following publications will be of interest to parents and teachers:
Please visit the Bilingualism Matters website for further research and publications, as well as support and advice, on bilingualism and early language learning.
Find out more about the Early learning of Chinese project.
Education Scotland, Education Scotland (2005)
The purpose of this document is to identify good practice in supporting children who are accessing the curriculum through English as an additional language (EAL). There have recently been considerable changes in legislation and policy that impact on support for bilingual learners. The main changes have focused on encouraging educational establishments to be more proactive in addressing the learning needs, and raising the achievement, of bilingual pupils.
Laughlan, Fraser; Parisi, Marinella; Fadda, Roberta, International Journal of Bilingualism (2012)
A study investigating the cognitive benefits of bilingualism in children who speak the minority languages of Sardinian and Scottish Gaelic in addition to their respective ‘national’ languages (Italian and English). Both bilingual and monolingual children were administered a series of standardised cognitive ability tests targeted at four areas: cognitive control, problem-solving ability, metalinguistic awareness and working memory. The bilingual children significantly outperformed the monolingual children in two of the four sub-tests; the Scottish children significantly outperformed the Sardinian children in one of the sub-tests. The differences found were largely due to the superior performance of the Scottish bilingual children who receive a formal bilingual education, in contrast to the Sardinian bilingual children who mostly only speak the minority language at home. The implications of the results are discussed.
Charlotte Franson, NALDIC (Last updated 15 February 2011)
This article outlines aspects of bilingualism and the development of first and additional languages which can inform teachers' approaches to bilingual and EAL learners in schools. Teachers should, for example, be aware that:
NALDIC is the national subject association for English as an additional language (EAL). Its mission is to promote the effective teaching and learning of EAL and bilingual pupils in UK schools. It provides a welcoming, professional forum to learn more about EAL and bilingual learners.
Moving forward with multilingual digital storytelling
The digital media offer new possibilities for socially mediated learning both inside and outside the school context. This project looks at the importance of this for language learning in community based complementary as well as mainstream schools and at h
English as an Additional Language – helping pupils and their parents | Jigsaw School Apps
Suggestions for schools on how to support and engage with families with other languages.
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NALDIC is the national subject association for English as an additional language (EAL) in England. Their mission is to promote the effective teaching and learning of EAL and bilingual pupils in UK schools. They provide a welcoming, professional forum to l
Multilingual Families is an international project for multilingual families, immigrant families as well as parents, teachers, children and stakeholders involved in bringing up children multilingually. It is a European Union funded education project that w
The website for parents and children interested and involved in Gaelic education.
Language pages of Newbury Park Primary School
Features free computer programs containing interactive video clips with children teaching their home – or first – languages. It also has useful resource links.
Languages without limits - English as an additional language
This website focuses on sources of support for teachers and parents of children whose first language is not English and on Community Languages within a UK context.
Advice and information for bilingual families based on current language research. Based at Edinburgh University.
Books for children in the Scots Langauge. Aimed at all age groups and aims to introduce students to reading and writing in Scots.
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