Information on multilingualism

We have developed brochures which highlight the benefits of multilingualism for everyone and address common prejudices against multilingualism and second language learning. We also make available bilingual fact sheets for parents and advice on further reading.

Information brochures

RUMACCC has developed three brochures which highlight the benefits of multilingualism and LOTEs (Languages other than English) for everyone and address common prejudices against multilingualism and second language learning.

Multilingualism and
Second Language Acquisition

Multilingualism and Second Language Acquisition

Rebuts some common myths about language learning and multilingualism including the "crowded curriculum", community languages as undermining literacy in English, and "unfair competition" coming from students with a background in a community language.

Diversity in Language Programs

Diversity in Language Programs

Describes some of the various language backgrounds that students are likely to have and explains how this diversity helps language learners reach their full potential.

More Languages, More Benefits

More Languages, More Benefits

Outlines the benefits of learning a third language, arguing that speaking two languages makes it easier to learn a third language and that, in turn, learning a third language boosts bilingual skills.

Bilingual fact sheets

Brimbank Libraries have also developed bilingual fact sheets for parents Speaking two languages helps your child to learn.

They are available for download in Arabic/English(405kb pdf), Chin/English (425kb pdf), Mandarin/English (805kb pdf) and Vietnamese/English (550kb pdf).

Practical advice

We have compiled a leaflet containing Practical advice on developing early biliteracy (680kb pdf).

Our list of further reading on the topic Raising children in more than one language: useful resources (670kb pdf) and the information on Language programs in schools may also be of interest to parents.