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A FREE seminar on bilingualism and multilingualism

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Raising children in more than one language is a very important process. There are many positive strategies that you can employ. The presentations in this seminar discuss issues in raising children bilingually, show you how to recognise your child’s needs in the language and provide you with important tools to foster your child’s language learning and maximise the advantages available to you. Includes free afternoon tea!

Speakers: Dr Susanne Döpke, Dr Averil Grieve, Prof John Hajek

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12.30 – 1.15pm ARRIVAL and CHECK-IN in the Foyer

1.15 – 1.30pm INTRODUCTION Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre (Basement)

1.30 – 2.30 pm PARALLEL SESSIONS

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre (Basement): ISSUES IN RAISING CHILDREN BILINGUALLY

Susanne Döpke will offer information on how bilingualism influences a child’s development and what parents and other carers can do to help the child speak both languages. The session will be of interest to parents just starting out as well as those who are wondering if they are doing the right thing. It will also support professionals who are dealing with bilingual families.

Forum Theatre (Level 1): INTRODUCING A NEW LANGUAGE TO YOUR CHILD - IT'S NEVER TOO LATE!

In this session, Averil Grieve will discuss methods used by educators and parents to develop a child’s acceptance and ability in an additional language. She will show how you can foster rich language development and at the same time ensure your child feels safe and valued in the language. This session will be of particular interest to parents of school-age children.

2.30 – 3.45pm PARALLEL SESSIONS

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre (Basement): PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN YOUR LANGUAGE

Susanne Döpke will give examples of practical strategies, which ensure the development of the community language and prevent or solve difficulties. This will include supporting the child’s first steps into language, as well as strategies, games and resources for the older pre-school child. This session will be of interest to parents of toddlers and pre-school children as well as professionals advising parents.

Forum Theatre (Level 1): Q & A PANEL: BILINGUAL PROGRAMS AT WORK - Lessons from two schools in Melbourne

This panel of education leaders - Trevor Strolla (Principal, Brunswick South Primary School) and Averil Grieve (Monash University and Deutsche Schule Melbourne) - will talk about the nature and structure of bilingual education in their schools, as well as the opportunities and challenges.

3.45 – 4.15pm AFTERNOON TEA in the Foyer

4.15 – 5.00pm Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre (Basement):

WHY MULTILINGUALISM IS GOOD FOR OUR CHILDREN

We discuss how Australia is changing and why multi­lingualism is good for our children and for Australia. We look at the latest research and evidence and how we can come together to support language learning in the family. Led by Prof John Hajek.

This event is organised and presented by the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) of the School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne, with the support of Community Languages Australia, the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria, and the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET).

The 'Raising Children in more than one Language' seminar is supported by the Victorian Government.

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