Charmian Kenner

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.

She came to talk to our group for the second time on the 6th of February 2010 about the results of her research. She gave us examples of how children have succeeded in learning to read and write in two languages (including work on different scripts and work on literacy in Arabic, Chinese and Spanish) and tips on how parents can help their children become biliterate and maintain it.

It was great to see so many people at the talk by Charmian Kenner; we counted around 44 adults in the room which was great, and a higher turnout at a talk than we have had for many years. Thanks to everyone who helped out - whether setting out chairs, making tea or helping clear up.