We are thrilled! chuffed! emballées! to share a free resource that our lab has developed for families. By drawing on research and the lived experiences of our collaborating families, we developed a simple one-page document for parents about supporting their child who is growing up bilingual. Our multilingual lab has developed versions in Arabic, French, Hindi, Punjabi, and Spanish.
The tips for parents include information and strategies for parents to use with their children to keep children’s home language alive and growing: (a) being bilingual is good; (b) learning takes place at home, school, & community; (c) each family has different expectations and hopes; and (d) strategies to keep language growing.
If you live in Edmonton, we also included a second page of resources to support growing up bilingual that are available in our community.