Book your place at one of our sessions to explore your circumstances, your expectations, and how to make the most of the time you have.

Next Sessions:  16.06 / 14.07 / more coming soon

 

Designed for parents trying to raise multilingual children, for expecting couples, people interested in the subject, and those who wish to receive another boost.

 
 
 

WORKSHOPS


 

# 1

What you need to know about raising Multilingual Children

 
 

Discover the particularities of your situation, face myths and personal biases, and learn about the two main approaches to introducing languages from the start. However far in your journey you are, this workshop helps you put your efforts into perspective. Who are you and why do you feel so different from your friends?

This is the first workshop in our series on "How to Raise Multilingual Children". This workshop focusses on the "WHAT" and uses creative techniques and interaction to discover your path. Children are welcome but remain the parents' responsibility at all times.

 
 

#2

Face Your Expectations! How to Raise Multilingual Children

Find out what you expect from raising Multilingual Children and how you can build on this. Learn about the four different levels of language learning. Every step requires a different form of commitment. How far are you willing to go?

 

This is the second workshop of our "How to Raise Multilingual Children" series. You don't have to have attended the first to participate. This workshop focusses on the "HOW" and uses creative techniques to discover your path.Children are welcome but remain the parents' responsibility at all times.

 
 

#3

Keep Divergent Thinking Alive! Why we raise Multilingual Children

 
 

Learn about the benefits of raising Multilingual Children and define your milestones. There's only so much time you have to speak your language to your child. Why should you dare to persist when it sometimes feels so much easier to give in?

This is the third workshop of our "How to Raise Multilingual Children" series. You don't have to have attended the first to participate. This workshop focusses on the "WHY" and uses creative techniques to discover your path. Children are welcome but remain the parents' responsibility at all times.

 
 

#free

Open House: Meet The Alma Collective

 

Free and Open to all but places are limited so book now!

Come around and spend an afternoon with other parents raising multilingual children. This is an informal get together. We will provide chalks, bubbles, and an enormous garden for children to explore, a big comfortable blanket to roll on for our youngest members, and tea, coffee, and nibbles for their parents.

 
 

RESOURCES


 

Are you a bilingual minority, a trilingual, or a bilingual majority? Find out here:

 
 

bilingual minority

There is one dominant language. It is spoken outside and inside the home. The major challenge here is to make the need for the minority language felt to the child but also partner and in-laws involved, because on the surface there is clearly no advantage to speaking it other than pleasing Parent A.

trilingual

There are two minority languages. It is either easier or even more challenging. It is easier when A+B speak each other’s languages. It becomes more difficult when A+B speak the community language between them. When A+B speak each other’s languages, there is clearly a need for A+B to exist and they could find a wonderful balance in all three. When A+B speak C, they face the same challenge bilingual minority parents face - with two languages sharing the already small space of one minority.

bilingual majority

Both parents speak the same language. There is a clear distinction between outside world and inside home. In a way this is the ideal situation for balancing languages. The challenge is setting clear boundaries and not become complacent because of the head start a common home language may provide. Or the challenge is to become part of your community and not shut yourselves out.

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