Bilingual Avenue with Marianna Du Bosq

On this episode, a father wonders what language policy would work best for his family. Should they consider the Minority Language at Home strategy to increase the exposure? Or should they give the One Person, One Language strategy a shot?

I share my thoughts on what is more important quantity or quality of exposure!

Direct download: Bilingual_Avenue_118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Kimberly Scanlon about some of her favorite strategies to promote language development in toddlers! She shares wonderful ideas to help our children express themselves and have fun with language.

Kimberly chats with us about:

Her professional background and how much she enjoys work with parents of children birth to three year olds;
Her book My Toddler Talks all about how to build communication skills in toddlers;
How play and language development go hand in hand for children;
What parents can take away from observing their child play with their toys;
The benefit of creating a predictable routine for children and how they can boost language;
The value of doing silly routines with younger children;
The benefits of speaking to your child in a sing song manner;
How giving your child choices instead of open ended questions can help to get your child talking;
How anticipation can get your child to use more of their vocabulary;
Some of the mistakes she sees parents make when trying to help their children speak;
The importance of asking for help if you have any concerns about your child’s speech and language development;
What types of goals parents should make for their children’s language development;
Her latest book, “Learning to Read is a Ball”;
Her advice to stay hopeful on the language journey!

Direct download: Bilingual_Avenue_117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I tell listeners about the Raising Global Citizens at home Online Summit!  This is a summit hosted by Multicultural Kids Blog with topics all about what parents can do to help their children understand the world around them! 

The agenda for the summit is as follow:


Day 1: Why is it important to raise global citizens?


Day 2: How TRAVEL supports global citizenship


Day 3: How FOOD connects us in a global society


Day 4: How ARTS and CRAFTS promote global citizens


Day 5: How PLAY encourageS global citizenship


Day 6: The importance of MEDIA, APPS AND BOOKS


Day 7: The role of LANGUAGE in raising global citizens

Direct download: Bilingual_Avenue_116.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, Dolores shares with us the importance of putting ourselves out there when raising bilingual children.  By stepping out of our comfort zone we can connect with other bilingual families and expand our network of support and exposure!

Direct download: Bilingual_Avenue_115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am EDT