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November 6, 2020
by ISB Native Language Programs
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Sign Up for “Raising Multilinguals: How?” A Follow-Up Parent Workshop

How can parents nurture native language besides speaking it with their children and enrolling them in classes? Find out by joining us on November 25, 2020, from 8:15-9:45 a.m., for the workshop Raising Multilinguals How? Unlocking the World Through Language-Rich Experiences. In this … Continue reading

October 17, 2019
by ISB Native Language Programs
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Raising Multilinguals “How?” A Followup Workshop

How can parents nurture native language besides speaking it with their children and enrolling them in classes? Find out by joining us on November 14 for the workshop Raising Multilinguals How? Unlocking the World Through Language-Rich Experiences. In this workshop, a followup to Raising … Continue reading

April 5, 2018
by ISB Native Language Programs
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Ask Olga! “Kick as Hard as You Can”: Setting High Expectations for Native Language Practice

A lot has been said here about balancing languages—and we have noted that much depends on our goals, needs, and available resources. Just as plants depend on the quality of soil and environment for their optimal growth, so children’s growth and … Continue reading

February 27, 2018
by ISB Native Language Programs
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Helping Children Learn a Spouse’s Language

In many ISB families, the parents speak different native languages. Both hope their children will learn both. But what if one parent works late or travels frequently? Can the other parent help the children learn both languages? Yes! Yale linguist Claire Bowern writes that it is OK to … Continue reading

February 9, 2018
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“The Need Factor is Crucial” for Learning Language

François Grosjean is an emeritus professor of linguistics at Neuchâtel University, Switzerland, whose blog Life as a Bilingual appears in the Bookmarks on the right side of this blog. Grosjean has been quoted as saying “the need factor is crucial” for young multilinguals: They must experience regular … Continue reading