Raising Children in More Than One Language
Free Public Lecture
Raising children in more than one language is a very important process. There are many positive strategies that can be employed. The presentations in this seminar discuss issues in raising children bilingually, show you how to recognise your child’s needs in the language and provide you with important tools to foster your child’s language learning and maximise the advantages available to you.
Includes free afternoon tea.
Dr Susanne Dopke, Bilingual Options
Dr Susanne Dopke
Dr Susanne Dopke came to Australia from Germany in 1983. She has a PhD in linguistics and a professional MA in Speech Pathology. During her academic career (University of Melbourne, Monash University), Susanne specialised in language acquisition, bilingualism and crosscultural communication. Her PhD thesis asked what parents could do to ensure that their child will become successful in speaking the home language. Later she investigated structural features of normal bilingual development. Since 1990, Susanne has been providing consultancy to families who wish to raise their children bilingually. Susanne has published two books and numerous articles on bilingual development and bilingual education in the family. As a speech pathologist, most of Susanne's work has been with bilingual children and adults. Susanne is involved in regular professional development for herself and others. She gives talks to professionals working with bilingual clients and is the convener of the Victorian Branch of the Multicultural Interest Group of speech pathologists. Susanne is the mother of two bilingual children herself.