Fri 10 Nov, 2017 9:00am
The Importance of the Native Language – Practitioner Day (Birkbeck, University of London, November 10th 2017)
This season's Bilingual Forum meeting is being run in partnership with other organisations as part of a larger Practitioner Day on November 10th. You are all invited to attend and as usual it is free of charge. Here is the information about it and a registration link which you need to complete. We hope to see you there.
We are delighted to invite you to attend The Importance of the Native Language – Practitioner Day on November 10th 2017 from 9:00-5:00 pm at Birkbeck, University of London. This event is part of the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science and will be hosted by Birkbeck's Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research and organised in collaboration between the Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan at the University of Essex (LaDeLi), the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck College, Mothertongue and Bilingualism Matters
Participation is free, but for catering and planning purposes, please register here.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in case of any questions.
What are the challenges, benefits and opportunities in being able to use several languages?
The economic and personal benefits of acquiring a second language are well known but the fact that learning new languages has ramifications for the existing ones – first language attrition – is usually ignored. This Practitioner Day will bring together experts on the importance of the native language and will explore problems and opportunities which a multilingual society and a multilingual life entails, in both a professional and a personal context. It is intended to provide useful information for practitioners, teachers, parents, caregivers and policy makers for the importance of the native or home language in professional and personal settings.
During the day, we will address topics including:
o Multilingual children and language brokering
o Multilingual children in foster care
o Language, emotion and therapy
o Citizenship, language and identity
o Language attrition and problems of intergenerational transmission of the minority language
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London