WFBG Workshops

ADVICE FOR BILINGUAL FAMILIES - SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2017 - recent research findings and their implications for day to day decision making

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Dr Froso Argyri (Centre for Applied Linguistics, UCC Institute of Education) will discuss recent research about the language development of children who acquire more than one language, how bilingualism influences different cognitive skills, and biliteracy. She will explain the implications of this research for day to day decision making for those in multilingual families.

There will be considerable time allowed for Q and A and discussion.

Dr Froso Argyri’s is researching bilingual and multilingual language development in childhood. She has published in international journals such as Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Froso is one of the co-founders of UCL BiLingo: a Bilingualism/Multilingualism Education and Information Service that aims to provide the London community with the most up-to-date research-based advice, information, support and training on childhood bilingualism/multilingualism.


The Limes Children and Community Centre Somers Road, Walthamstow, E17 6RX

Sorry but we are unable to provide childcare for this event.

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First Stages - Workshop for Parents

This workshop is for parents of children aged 0-5. This workshop can address issues from deciding which languages to speak before the baby is born, to what to do if a toddler replies only in one language.

The Teenage Years - Workshop for Parents

For parents of children from 9-12. This newly developed workshop will cover issues from choosing secondary schools, language options at secondary schools, studying and taking exams in home languages as well as providing some insights into the emotional and social changes that teenagers experience and how this might impact on multilingualism in the family.

Next Steps - Workshop for Parents

This workshop is for parents of children aged 4-8. It covers starting school, learning to read and write, and the phase when children interact more fully with the English environment. It also addresses concerns about some children who are reluctant to speak a home language.

We run regular workshop for parents using discussions and question and answer sessions to give a basic introduction to what our members have experienced to demonstrate what works for different bilingual families.

These events are run by parents for parents - not by professionals. We won't have all the answers - but we will know how it feels. Spaces at the workshops are limited, please contact us for more information or if you wish to confirm your attendance.

All workshops are free and take place from 3.45- 5.15pm at the Limes Children's and Community Centre, Somers Road, just off Walthamstow Market.

For more details or to reserve your place, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Claire on 07770 860038.



Available from Multilingual Matters

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