This is a free seminar for parents, grand-parents, care-givers and professionals working with children.
It will be held in the Sydney Myer Asia Centre, cnr. Swanston Street and Monash Road, University of Melbourne from 12.45pm-5pm on Sunday 31 August 2008
Michael Clyne – an Australian-born bilingual and father of an Australian-born bilingual;
Suzanne Dopke – a speech pathologist and international authority on raising children bilingually. She is also the mother of two Australian-born bilingual children.
Presentations and discussions will explore a range of issues including:
- What parents and other carers can do to assist a child speak two languages
- Supporting the child’s first steps into language
- Advice for parents starting out and wondering if they are doing the right thing
- How parents and grandparents can encourage children to use the community language by finding uses of special interest to them
- How to build on the child’s personality and motivation
- Community resources and strategies to boost language maintenance and development
Panel discussions will answer questions and examine the ways that parents can be more active in promoting bilingualism with their children.
The seminar is free – but registration is essential by 22 August.
Registration and enquiries: email rumaccc