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My Bilingual Family

English, Education, 1 season, 7 episodes, 2 hours, 53 minutes
There’s no handbook on how to raise bilingual kids. It can take a lot of effort to pass on language to your children. But you’re not alone. Join host Dr Elaine Laforteza to hear the stories of families struggling with passing on language, and get helpful advice and practical tips from experts including speech pathologists and linguists. Raising children bilingually in English-dominant countries requires persistence and resourcefulness, especially if your mother language is not widely spoken. But it’s worth the effort because the benefits for kids are immeasurable. My Bilingual Family is hosted by Dr Elaine Laforteza. Produced by Masako Fukui and Sheila Ngoc Pham.
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It takes a village to raise a bilingual child

Nowadays we don’t always live close to our families and communities where our languages are spoken. So how can we create opportunities for socialising to help our children speak our mother languages?
3/27/202229 minutes, 33 seconds
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How global forces shape bilingual family life

Raising your kids bilingually can sometimes feel like climbing a mountain, requiring almost superhuman effort. But if we look at the global forces which make some languages more powerful than others, it isn’t surprising how impossible bilingual parenting can sometimes feel.
3/20/202228 minutes, 14 seconds
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Overcoming prejudice and developing pride as a bilingual parent

Speaking our mother language doesn’t always spark joy but can cause discomfort and pain because of how it’s perceived by others. When you are trying to parent bilingually, it can become especially urgent to acknowledge and work through these feelings.
3/13/202226 minutes, 16 seconds
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When the going gets tough with bilingual parenting

Raising bilingual children involves all sorts of challenges. But what if your family has additional complexities which make it even harder to pass on language?
3/6/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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The different methods of raising bilingual children

Raising your kids with more than one language is easier said than done for many of us. We may have every good intention starting out but soon find it hard to keep up. There are many different strategies you can use. So what is the best approach?
2/27/202228 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bilingual parenting in the early years

The first few years of bilingual parenting can be an anxious time, especially when your children don’t seem to be talking much. Perhaps your child is hearing one language at home and another at daycare. It’s natural to wonder: are they getting confused?
2/20/202228 minutes, 3 seconds
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Introducing My Bilingual Family: a podcast about passing on language to kids

There’s no handbook on how to raise bilingual kids. It can take a lot of effort to pass on language to your children. But you're not alone. Join host Dr Elaine Laforteza to hear great advice from experts on My Bilingual Family, a new podcast from SBS. The podcast launches on International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2022.
2/14/20223 minutes, 46 seconds