Bilingual Options


Dr Susanne Dopke


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Summaries of talks

(Re-)Introducing a community language.


In the theoretical part of this talk,  Susanne will explore reasons for shifting from English to a community language and effects of parental language shift on family relationships. Information will be provided on the relationship between language use and language learning and potential  effects of parental language shift on the child's cognition and behaviour. In the practical part of this talk, parents will be guided through preparing the child for the change, the setting of goals, useful activities during the early stages and strategies for progressively incorporating the community language into all parent-child interactions. This presentation requires a minimum of 3 hours.


Raising children bilingually at home and at school.


This talk addresses issues in raising children bilingually beyond the early preschool development. In particular it looks at bilingual children's  cognitive and academic development during the primary school years, the effect of 2nd language immersion programs on school achievement, and the interface between home and school. The talk is of interest to parents whose children already speak the language of the intended immersion program as well as to parents who consider sending their children to an immersion program with little or no previous language skills.

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Supporting language development through play in bilingual and monolingual homes


This talk explores why playing is so powerful for helping all children to develop language and why playing with our children is particularly important when we want to pass on a language other than English here in Australia. Play strategies will be explained and demonstrated, which parents can try out as soon as they get home. Parents are encouraged to participate in exchanging ideas and asking questions.


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Last updated: April 16, 2010