“JUMPING LANGUAGES AND OTHER BILINGUAL STORIES”/ PROF. ANTONELLA SORACE AND KATARZYNA PRZYBYCIEN/ BILINGUALISM MATTERS AT THE EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY
Date: Monday, October 16 @ 4:00 PM & Tuesday, October 17 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Summerhall, Upper Church Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland EH9 1PL
Tickets: Free event but registration required/ Register via Eventbrite
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The one hour long workshop will engage both children (pre-school and primary ages) and their parents on the topic of bilingualism and code mixing. Through creative collective writing, illustrations and physical theatre will explore myths, facts and creative potential of growing up with two or more languages. Both bilingual and English-only children will learn new words in Polish and English while celebrating the linguistic diversity of Scotland.
Bilingualism Matters’ main aims are to raise awareness and profile of bilingualism in society and to empower bilingual families, children an adults. One of the biggest audience engaging with the centre are families with young children uncertain about how to raise their children bilingually. One of the concerns is that their children mix languages and may never become fluent in any of them. This phenomena is well known to researchers as code-switching, and has been proven NOT to be a sign of developmental delays or lesser intelligence. It reflects the dynamic processes of language choosing and suppressing in a child’s brain every time they speak. Indirectly, it also reflects the dual identities of bilinguals.
Funded by BEMIS Scotland via the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. This is a partnership between BEMIS Scotland and the Scottish Government to facilitate diverse, multicultural celebrations.