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.
Published in Haaretz
Even if your child's language develops typically, you might find this Position paper of ISHLA (in Hebrew) useful.
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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Deputy Director Carmit Altman’s research deals with language development in preschool bilingual children with and without impairment. She works on assessment tools for screening children’s early language development, including assessment of narrative abilities and their relation to sociolinguistic identity. Her research is currently funded by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF 863/14) and the Israel Ministry of Education. Her publications have appeared in Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Mu
Dissemination Coordinator Hadar Oz-Abutbul is a Speech and Language Therapist, clinic manager, a PhD student, and a research assistant at Bar Ilan University. Her main interests focus on differentiating bilingual children with and without DLD, DLD diagnosis and treatment. She is the initiator and promoter of Theoretical and Practical workshops for SLP's, educational and health care staff dealing with linguistic profile, and diagnosis and treatment of bilingual children.