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This area of the SCILT website is aimed at both parents and practitioners. By working as partners in children’s learning, we are able to ensure better chances of academic success and improved social and emotional development. Bilingualism Matters have produced a range of leaflets informed by current research which advise and guide both parents and practitioners.
Bilingual families come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they all share is the desire to do the best for their children. Speaking two languages can help a child:
We recommend that practitioners contact their own Local Authority EAL services in the first instance. However, support, advice and guidance can be found at the following sites:
The Effortless English Blog - hundreds of free resources, videos and podcasts.
LearnEnglish Kids - free online games to help children learn English the fun way.
English Grammar Basics - 30 lessons on the principles of grammar.
English as an Additional Language (Education Scotland) - Examples of good practice, resources and advice from Early Years through to Secondary.
NALDIC - the national subject association for EAL. A wealth of resources, stats, information, research, publications and advice.
SEALLC - a network of professionals from all local authorities across Scotland who are involved in the management of EAL provision in schools.
SATEAL - network of teachers of EAL. The network fosters and develops the teaching of EAL in a multi ethnic environment through its website and annual conference.
PgCert - Supporting Bilingual Learners in the Mainstream Classroom (University of Strathclyde) Do you work with bilingual learners? Would you like to develop your ability to support them to develop their linguistic competence and to learn through English in mainstream primary or secondary classrooms? This course is designed to enable you to understand and act on theories of bilingual learning and policy to support bilingual learners in Scottish schools, and to gain experience of current classroom-based practice in Scotland and around the world. The next course starts on 14 January and runs from January to December 2017 at the University of Strathclyde. Classes are held at the University on Saturdays, on average once a month. Click on the header link above to access the course leaflet for further information.
Bilingualism Matters, an official Centre at the University of Edinburgh, provides a wealth of information and resources for teachers and parents. Bilingualism Matters is also at the forefront of the latest research on the benefits of bilingualism and language learning - here you can find out about previous research or even volunteer to participate in current studies.
SCILT, in collaboration with Bilingualism Matters and Glasgow City Council’s EAL Service, ran a series of workshops throughout Scotland to showcase the benefits of bilingualism and practical strategies teachers can use to promote bilingualism in their classrooms. Ideas were offered on how to engage bilingual learners more and support literacy skills across both languages. The presentations from the 'Bilingualism DOES Matter!' workshops are available below:
Supporting young learners who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) is an area of work and a priority for the British Council and EAL Nexus provides information and resources on bilingualism for teachers and parents.
Gathered Together was an award winning partnership project between BEMIS and SPTC to support parents from Ethnic and Cultural Minorities to become more involved in their children’s education and school communities. The project ended on March 2016 but the materials and resources remain available. Of particular interest will be ‘Scotland, People and Language Forum: Report’ (Gathered Together, February 2015).
BEMIS is the national body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland and the communities that this sector represents. A very informative website for all sectors, including adult learning, with publications, resources and advice. They also produce a weekly newsletter.
SCILT’s Mother Tongue Other Tongue multilingual poetry competition encourages bilingual pupils to be creative in their home language in the Mother Tongue category.
There is also an array of information about the benefits, challenges and practicalities of supporting bilingual children for parents and teachers at the following sites:
Online and in person language tuition delivered by highly skilled refugees from academic, professional, and industrial backgrounds.
The site promotes awareness of language diversity in the city-region and beyond. We study the practical challenges and the immense opportunities that language diversity brings.
Developing and promoting bilingualism in Wales
Blogpost on teaching in action in a bilingual environment.
Supporting bilingual children
An excerpt from a lecture given by Irene Fafalios at the Montessori Society AGM in London in 2007. Irene explains the different forms that bilingualism takes in today's multicultural society and how as teachers and parents we can support children who speak more than one language.
Bilingualism and English as an additional language
News, articles and resources about raising children bilingually from National Literacy Trust. 2012.
A look at bilingual parenting - what it means, the advantages and the practicalities. From 2015.
Read about how other parents are finding bilingual parenting, along with lots of ideas and resources.
Online resource with a host of articles to support parents raising bilingual children.
Raising Bilingual Children: The Pros, The Cons, The Myths
Myth-bunking article with input from academia and parents. August 2016.
The following are links to community groups that allow families who share the same languages and cultures to meet regularly. These groups are not affiliated to or endorsed by SCILT, the Scottish Government nor any Local Authority.
German speaking children's club in Glasgow
Saturday school in Glasgow for French mother tongue or bilingual children in Scotland
La Petite Ecole d' Edimbourg
Saturday school in Edinburgh for French mother tongue or bilingual children in Scotland
A list of Polish Saturday schools across Scotland from Consulate General of Poland.
Scotland China Association
Organisation for people who have an interest in all aspects of Chinese life and civilisation. The SCA holds a wide range of cultural events in Glasgow and Edinburgh to foster friendship and understanding between the people of Scotland and China.
Asociación Española Alba
Spanish language community group in Edinburgh
Familias en Glasgow
Club Soletes - Spanish language community group in Glasgow.
If you would like us to include a link to a group that is not listed above, please contact us.
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