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Teaching the target language at home by playing schools

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This half term offers a great opportunity to expose the children to more of the target language than usual. So this week I’m making the most of it by teaching the target language at home through role play: playing schools. Half term sends many parents into a spin: either they don’t know what to do in relation with childcare, or …

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Quick tip to captivate bilingual children towards target language resources – Tip #1: pick characters they like

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As mentioned in a previous post, it’s really hard to compete with the amazing offer of books written in English here in the UK. The variety and quality is absolutely spectacular. Here I share a quick tip to captivate bilingual children towards target language resources. When we last visited back home, I was determined to stock up on books in …

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Christmas gift list for bilingual families and Lusophones  

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    It’s that time of the year. Some of us have all the presents sorted and wrapped, others have not even started (like me just a few days ago). There’s still time to get lovely presents that can support a family’s bilingual journey. Here are 16 ideas for Christmas gifts for bilingual children and grown ups, including a few …

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4 tips to overcome lack of access to minority language books.

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Sometimes resources in the minority language are hard to come by and we need to work with what you’ve got. Here are some ideas to try Translate on the spot from a majority or community language book. In this case, I strongly recommend going for books with shorter sentences and simpler words. And of course, stay away from rhymes as …

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9 sources of minority language reading resources

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When the target language is perceived as low value (for a number of reasons such as there being a small community of that minority language in one’s country of residence) it can be hard to find resources in that target language. 6 suggestions of how to source reading material in the minority language Ask friends and family to send books. …

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Reading – one of the best things you can do for your child

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If you have consumed any baby related books, websites, reports, blogs, or other media, you’ll already know that reading to your child as early, as often, and as many books as possible is highly recommended and key to language development, amongst other benefits. Makes sense, doesn’t it? It’s exactly the same principle to develop the minority language. But how many …