Three Workshops about Multilingualism from Karin Martin
Babies in Multilingual Surroundings: November 25th, 2021, 17:00 - 18:30, ONLINE
You are raising your children with more than one language. You know it will provide many benefits for your kids. However, it is sometimes confusing. Questions arise about multilingual surroundings for babies: How long will it take to learn the language(s)? What are the best practices? How can I support my child? More and more partners are speaking two different languages as their mother tongue and the family language is sometimes a third language. The language in the nursery school may even be a fourth language. Will children be confused? Why do they mix the languages every time? Should I be worried?
Join us and learn the best practices for raising multilingual children! Karin will help you with practical tips and answer all your questions in a caring environment. It will be wonderful to share our stories of multilingual families!
Multilingualism in the School Years: December 9th, 2021, 17:00-18:30, ONLINE
Your children are growing up with more than one language and they are going to school in Austria. What are the best practices in terms of school success and literacy? What about learning to read and write in different languages? Sometimes parents asked themselves: shall we teach our children to read and write in our family language? How can we support them in learning the school language? Is it confusing to learn to write with different alphabets?
Learn about crucial issues and get tips to help your child make the most of this experience. Let’s help children to be successful and happy multilinguals!
Third Culture Kids: January 13th, 2022, 17:00-18:30, at the CIC office, Villach
The huge mobilization of people around the world is not only generating discussion about different topics, like integration in the new country, intercultural issues, or language learning. Families who decide to move to another country are also faced with an extra complex aspect of the expatriate life, because their children are growing up among different worlds and cultures. They experience childhood in a completely different way when compared to their parents’ childhood experience.
As a matter of fact, the number of people who spend a significant part of their childhood in different countries is increasing quickly, and it is becoming the norm rather than the exception. We therefore need to be informed about how these people navigate the complexity of life.
This workshop aims at explaining the phenomenon of “Third Culture Kids” or “Cross Culture Kids”, taking into account linguistic and psychological aspects. Participants will learn how to define and recognize TCK, about the most relevant aspects in terms of personal development and life experience, but they will also learn the needs and the difficulties these kids might encounter along the way. After some theoretical input, we will then analyse a couple of interviews conducted with third culture kids, in order to find out the strengths and the weaknesses of this population. During the workshop there will be also time for reflection and discussion.
Dr. Karin Martin Linguist and Expert on Multilingualism
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