During summer 2019, together with a local poetry group, WFBG will be organising Displays of Poems representing the linguistic diversity of Waltham Forest. Poems in over 45 languages will be put on display in Libraries and Parks across the Borough and on The Walthamstow Town Square Big Screen. Children will be given interactive walkabout learning
GUEST SPEAKER on 7th December 2013 at the Limes 3.30 – 5.30 pm Vicky Obied will come to talk to the group about the issues that may arise in multilingual families when the children are around secondary school age and get into the teenage years. Having herself raised two multilingual children through their teenage phase,
Amy Thompson from Speak to the Future – campaign for languages, the UK Federation of Chinese Schools and Chair at NALDIC – National Subject Association for EAL. (september 2012) EAL is the “other side” of bilingualism. According to the January 2011 School Census, nearly 1 million pupils in English schools speak another language in addition
Francesca La Morgia talked to your group on 2nd October 2010. She is an academic specialist in multilingualism and has also set up a group to help multilingual familes in Ireland where she is based. Francesca will share with us her expericence and talk a little about the group she has set up: Bilingual Forum Ireland.
Charmian is a specialist in bilingualism and biliteracy (learning to read and write in two languages), a Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and the author of books about biliteracy.
Colin Baker, Professor of Education at Bangor University, came to talk to our group on 16th September 2006. He is the author of a number of books including : A Parent and Teachers Guide to Bilingualism, Encyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education and B is for Papillon, Biliteracy in the home. Although an academic, Colin
Virginia Müller Gathercole is a Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Wales Bangor. She is a specialist in bilingualism in very young children. Her main research in language acquisition was for monolinguals but she also studied some bilinguals (Spanish/English in Miami and Welsh/English).
Professor Li Wei of Newcastle University is a well known researcher on bilingualism. Many bilingual parents intend to stick to speaking one language to their children, but some find themselves switching unconsciously. Professor Li Wei is the leading authority on this area of linguistics and came to talk to our group on 5th March 2005.
Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published widely on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. He came to talk to our group on 14th December 2004.
Article published in local “Surestart” Newsletter in September 2004 Bilingual Families There are many families in Waltham Forest who speak a language other than English and who wish to make sure that they bring their children up speaking two or more languages. English society is largely a monolingual one, in spite of a large number
Alan Bradley was our first guest-speaker on the 6th November 2003. He began by highlighting the varying situations of languages in Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Indonesia, India, Italy, Iraq and the Isle of Man. The languages varied from one that was now effectively extinct (Isle of Man) through widely used international languages (Italian), languages which had