Workshops about multilingualism in Klagenfurt
The Carinthian International Club and Dr.in Karin Martin organized two workshops about multilingualism in Klagenfurt. Families, whose kids are growing up with more than one language or whose kids are learning different languages at school, are welcome. How can I support my child’s language learning? Do children get confused when they hear more than one language? What are the advantages of being bilingual? These and other issues will be discussed together with parents using practical examples.
-“Bilingual development in the early years”, October 19th 5.30pm.-7pm. (For families with children age 0-5)
-“Going to school and being bilingual”, October 20th 5.30pm.-7pm. (For families with children age 6 or more)
Where? Dr.-F.-Palla-Gasse 21, 9020 Klagenfurt
Price? 35€ (30€ for CIC members)
Registration: Tel. 0650-6125667 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Multilingualism matters” - Introduction
The number of international citizens is constantly increasing in Carinthia, where the brand new International School of Carinthia has just opened its doors in Villach. Bilingualism (and multilingualism) is nowadays not an exception anymore, but rather the norm for many families in this region. The Carinthian International Club (CIC), as a multilingual network service offering comprehensive care and advice for international employees and their relatives, has promoted numerous activities in order to facilitate the integration of people coming from all over the world, and to stimulate mutual exchange between local and international members. The CIC language swap, for example, is a good way of improving language proficiency. Moreover, CIC offers a German talking group, organized by CIC members for CIC members; and also a Culinary German Conversation Course, where the participants learn how to cook delicious traditional Austrian/German food, while improving their German conversational skills at the same time.
In order to offer more information on the topic of language learning, child and adult multilingualism, CIC decided to start a new column called “Multilingualism matters”, entirely planned by a CIC member, Dr. Karin Martin, a linguist who studied and worked in different countries, and a passionate about foreign languages.
Since Multingualism in our society is still surrounded by prejudices and misconceptions because of lack of information, this column will report the most important results in this research field. Indeed, a long tradition of scientific research has shown that growing up with more than one language (no matter if it is German, Chinese or Persian) can have some benefits in many aspects of our life. “Multilingualism matters” aims at disseminating accurate information about Bi/Multilingualism through eight different articles dealing with eight different topics:
1. Multilingualism: what is it? (We’ll answer questions like: What is bi/multilingualism? Who is bilingual? Why bilingualism matters?)
2. Children are little geniuses! (We’ll answer questions like: How do children learn languages? Will raising bi/multilingual children confuse or delay their learning of any language?)
3. The bilingual advantage (We will discuss recent research results showing that bi/multilingualism has many benefits for children's development and their future life)
4. Myths and facts of bilingualism (part 1) (We’ll try to destroy some common prejudices, like the belief that bilingual children are slowed down in their general cognitive development by the burden of handling two or more languages)
5. Myths and facts of bilingualism (part 2) (We’ll try to break down some misconceptions, like thinking that bilingual children are less intelligent or more intelligent than monolinguals)
6. Practical tips: how do I raise my child bi/multilingually? (We’ll answer questions like: What are the different ways to raise a bi/multilingual child? How to boost the minority language living in a country where people speak another language?)
7. Learning to read and write in different languages (We’ll answer questions like: Are there advantages if children learn to read in more than one language? Will children get confused? What about reading disorders?)
8. Third Culture Kids (TCK) (This final article will explain a new concept spreading in the field. Who are the TCK? Why is it important to talk about them?)
If you would like to share with us your experience as a bi/multilingual individual/family (What languages did you grow up with? Which languages do you speak at home with your family? What are the difficulties you encounter in everyday life? What are the funniest moments or misunderstandings?), or if you have any questions dealing with the topic, please send a message with object “multilingualism matters” to: email@example.com
We are looking forward to hearing your story!