These months away from school may have given families the chance to boost their home languages and we hope that some of the ideas and tips in our blog have helped you along the way.
Romanian is a Romance language which means it originally came from Latin. It is spoken by over 24 million people around the world.
German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe, with about 76 million native speakers
Greek is one of the oldest languages in Europe and is spoken by over 15 million people today.
The act of listening is perhaps the most underrated skill there is in education. Right now teachers are multi-tasking: teaching, preparing engaging online resources and activities, checking in with their students and families.
We are in the middle of one of the most challenging times for our society. Parents of young children, with the rollercoaster of school closures and limitations affecting relationships and community support, have not had an easy time during this pandemic.
In January 2021 300 children from Irish primary schools travelled the world with Mother Tongues and with true locals...virtually of course!
Why is my child not speaking back to me in my native language? What techniques can I use to encourage my child to talk more in the heritage language? Since this is the most frequently asked question, we decided to offer a webinar dedicated to this topic, with practical ideas tried and tested by parents around the world.
If you can’t attend the webinar, don’t worry! We will make it available on our members’ page, which is full of great content!
About the speaker
Francesca is the founder and director of Mother Tongues.
She has been working as a lecturer in child language development since 2010 both in Ireland and in the UK. She is currently lecturing in linguistics at Ulster University and in the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education in Maynooth.
Since 2006, her research has focused on child language development and bilingualism. She has been running workshops for bilingual families, teachers and other professionals for more than 10 years.
If you have small children and you’ve made talking in the minority language with your child a habit from the early days, you might find these three tips useful in getting them to talk more in the heritage language
Japanese is a very interesting language, spoken by more than 127 million people. Despite popular beliefs, Japanese is not related or derived from the Chinese language. Considered to be one of the most unique languages in the world, the Japanese language is said to have no direct derivation! How interesting is that!