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Being a parent to a bilingual child

 

Raising bilingual children is a common practice in some neighborhoods in Israel and an oddity in others. Yet, the value of bilingualism is often underestimated. There is a lot of myth of right and wrong and many concerns that parents raise. We at 

Bilingualism Matters @ BIU.IL are happy to provide help and support.

Bilingualism Matters @ BIU.IL offers parents nights to groups of interested parents. We can come to your school or meet at your home. 

 

Members of Bilingualism Matters @ BIU.IL are also happy to provide online support for parents addressing pressing questions and sharing the findings of our research with multiple children.

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Even if your child's language develops typically, you might find this Position paper of ISHLA (in Hebrew) useful.

נייר עמדה של האגודה הישראלית של קלינאי התקשורת

For Parents

Branch Aims:

 

  • Raise public awareness about multilingualism and multiculturalism in societal and educational contexts by providing information and advice for parents, educators, health providers and policymakers.

  • Encourage development of tools for parents to maintain the home language and to raise the awareness of teachers and clinicians about the need to include the home language in assessment procedures and intervention plans.

  • Influence state policy about multilingualism by promoting bilingualism in the education system, by encouraging employment of multilingual staff and interpreters in the health system and by developing and making available multilingual communal services.

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