A free seminar for parents, early childhood and pre-school workers, grandparents, teachers and others interested in bilingual education.
The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) conducts regular workshops for families raising their children bi- or trilingually and for interested professionals. We have been able to offer these workshops free of charge due to the support of Community Languages Australia, the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria and the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
Details of upcoming seminars will be announced in the news section of this website when they become available.
The workshops include presentations from Dr Susanne Döpke and Professor John Hajek as well as other presenters, most of whom have successfully raised their own children to be bilingual.
Seminar topics include:
- Issues in raising children bilingually
- Recognising the child's own needs in the language
- Practical suggestions for helping your child learn your language
- Maximising the advantages from school programs, grandparents, overseas visits and the community
- Using the internet and digital media in working with children
The seminars have been very popular and well received. Our most recent workshop in November 2016 attracted around 300 parents, grandparents and caregivers interested in raising their children with more than one language. We are happy to make available some of the materials of previous seminars:
- Averil Grieve's 2016 presentation on Early immersion at an Australian primary school (335kb pdf)
- Seminar program 2016 (360kb pdf)
- Presentation by John Hajek and Brigitte Lambert on Using grandparents and other resources to support language learning and maintenance (12.8Mb pdf)
- Presentation by Averil Grieve on Enhancing the language experience in the community and at school (12.8Mb pdf)
- Raising children in more than one language: useful resources (670kb pdf)
- Practical advice on developing early biliteracy (680kb pdf)
This public event is supported by the Victorian government.
For more information about languages education in Victoria please visit this Victorian Department of Education and Training website.