The world is far more culturally and linguistically diverse than ever before. With the growing demand of language learners in mainstream classrooms all over the world, the need for parents to have a heightened awareness of their children’s languaging ability is of paramount importance. Why? According to Garcia (2009, p. 45) bi/multilingual learners use ‘multiple discursive practices to make sense of their bilingual worlds’. This is called translanguaging. It refers to how bi/multilingual speakers use all their linguistic resources to construct meaning and understanding.
Is your child a bi/multilingual learner? It is natural in your home to hear your child use more than one language effortlessly in the same conversation or even the same sentence to communicate his/her ideas or needs? Is your child’s language proficiency and confidence in one language greater than in the other? Understanding your child as a bi/multilingual learner is the first step to advocating for their sense of self as a learner. At ChiLD, we can help you to understand your child’s language levels (English), as well as your child’s languaging practices in all their languages, to better understand your child’s whole self and the gift and richness that your child’s bi/multilingualism brings to our global world.
García, O., & Lin, A. M. (2017). Translanguaging in bilingual education. Bilingual and multilingual education, 117-130.