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Raising a Bilingual Child: Tips for Parents with Dr Rose Drury

This webinar is designed for parents or carers who are raising a bilingual child in the early or primary school years. Drawing on the latest research, expert Dr Rose Drury will address parents’ most pressing questions. What does research suggest are the main advantages to being bilingual? When raising a bilingual child, what’s optimal? Should parents speak their mother tongue at home or only English? Will learning a second language interfere with the development of a child’s mother tongue? Do young children pick up language more easily than older children? How do we avoid confusing our children whilst wanting them to thrive in both languages? Parents will come away from the webinar armed with practical strategies for supporting their children within family life.

The Specificities of Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages in the Primary Years

In this webinar for Tooled Up school staff, Professor Florence Myles examines how primary-aged children learn foreign languages and how different the process is from older children and adults, before moving onto pedagogical implications. She addresses whether or not young children are quicker at learning languages, whether younger children are more motivated than older children and what drives their motivation. She also outlines how learning foreign languages is linked to cognitive, emotional and social development in this age group and finishes by presenting the work of her research group RiPL (Research in Primary Languages) and explaining how to access its varied resources.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Suzanne Graham: Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultivating Motivation in Language Learning

In this interview, Suzanne Graham, Professor of Language and Education at the University of Reading, chats to us about the potential benefits of learning foreign languages. She discusses the links between language learning and creativity, talks us through her research into learning foreign languages in both primary and secondary settings and considers how we can motivate young people to engage with and enjoy the challenge. Professor Graham provides information about several fantastic resources for teachers, including free lesson plans and assessment tools.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Mina Fazel: Supporting Refugee Children

In this interview, Professor Mina Fazel talks to Dr Weston about supporting displaced children once they are in a place of refuge. Listen now to find out about the crucial importance of a sense of belonging and how the outcomes of these children are dramatically improved if they are able to form natural social connections. Teachers and school staff can learn some top tips on supporting the mental health of refugee (and in fact all) children in the classroom. Professor Fazel also points us in the direction of some helpful further resources.

30 Tips for Supporting the Parents of EAL Pupils

‘Effective school provision for EAL students and their parents/carers depends on information, coordination, support and communication’ (Evans, et al., 2016).​ Take a look at our top tips for creating a supportive school environment for parents of EAL children, as well as key positive messages that you should send to any parent/carer who does not have English as their first language.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Victoria Murphy: Supporting Bilingual Children

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Victoria Murphy about the misconceptions surrounding children with English as an additional language (EAL) and how teachers and parents can better support emergent bilingualism. They discuss the main stages of children’s second language development and address how bilingualism should be considered a huge benefit, both to the child and to their school class as a whole. We discover that given that almost 25% of UK children having EAL, this is a subject that requires much more research.