Parenting bilingual children can be one of the most wonderful yet demanding experiences. Many working parents find that as soon as the children start attending full-time daycare they use English more and more. As English increasingly becomes the dominant language, parents often stop speaking their mother tongue because they are afraid to confuse or delay the developing child.
Losing a language often means losing contact with the extended family and the community. Gaining a language and sustaining bilingualism through childhood has immense cognitive, social and educational benefits.
Our talks and short courses equip parents with the knowledge and skills to make informed language choices. The information and advice we provide are based on the latest research and on many years of experience of raising and educating bilingual children.
We tailor content to the needs and interests of the group and we give parents plenty of time to ask questions and discuss their own circumstances. Our goal is to give parents practical advice that they can put into practice immediately.
We are currently offering two sessions:
Dr Francesca La Morgia from Mother Tongues held a talk at LinkedIn in June about raising bi-lingual children. Very fitting as there are more than 30 languages spoken in our Dublin office! As a member of the "Parents at LinkedIn" employee group I was lucky to get invited. I got some great tips on raising my 17 month old boy with German whilst living in Ireland, and it also helped me manage expectations in terms of what is realistic at what age and what is not. He is now pointing out animals in German - I couldn't be happier.
I got a lot out of the Mother Tongues talk that Dr. La Morgia gave, it was so useful to hear from someone who studies the challenges I have had raising children bilingually. Even hearing other parents ask similar questions was reassuring. The Language Explorers book is also delightful and my children loved going through it with us 🙂