International Mother Language Day – Multilingualism for Inclusion

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Do you speak another language besides English? If you do, don’t be afraid to expose your children to it. In honor of International Mother Language Day (February 21, 2021), start exposing your children to different languages. Learning more than one language can enhance your children’s success!

Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills, in addition to improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask. Children proficient in other languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.

Lead with languages

According to the United Nations, International Mother Language Day will focus on policymakers, educators and teachers, parents and families to scale up their commitment to multilingual education, and inclusion in education to advance education recovery in the context of COVID-19. A lot of families have been struggling with educating their children virtually as English isn’t the native language of many parents. Learning in multilingual contexts will not only assist these families in understanding their children’s courses, but also promoting cultural diversity. Children who learn a different language and are exposed to cultural diversity will see the world in many different ways. Their experiences will be endless!

If you would like more information, register for the United Nations Virtual Event.

Virtual Event

Friday, 19 February 2021
10:00-12:20 GMT+1 (Paris time)

The webinar will address two themes:

  • Rethinking inclusive policy and practice in teaching and learning in multilingual contexts
  • Enhancing inclusion through multilingualism, including sign language, in early childhood education and care (ECCE), the foundation for learning

Check out our post, A Perspective On Multilingualism – Parents, Children And Choices, to learn about how awesome it was for Florentza to learn multiple languages growing up.

What languages do you speak in your home? We would love to hear all about them!

 

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