Bilingual reading with children opens mirrors, windows and doors

By Geoff Agombar – Local Journalism Initiative
Bilingual reading with children opens mirrors, windows and doors
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Parents of pre-school aged children are invited to take part in a free online workshop on how to support your child’s second language learning, even when you are not confident in your own language skills.

Saturday Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the workshop promises to turn reading at home into a “fun, full-bodied and meaningful experience” that promotes empathy, reflexivity, and critical thinking.

“Reading stories in a second language is not just about vocabulary or grammar learning,” a notice on Collectif CLÉ’s website says. “It offers a wealth of meaningful learning opportunities that foster an ability to understand oneself and question perspectives based on different values and beliefs.”

The workshop is presented by two professors of education from Bishop’s University and Université de Sherbrooke.

Sunny Lau is an associate professor at BU’s School of Education and was recently appointed Canada Research Chair on Integrated Plurilingual Teaching and Learning.

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