S4 Ep.9 Learning a Second Language: Choice or Circumstance with Prof. Johanne Paradis
Season 4 has been all about bilingualism, multilingualism and various crosslinguistic pedagogical approaches. In this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing Johanne Paradis, Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Adjunct Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta. Johanne has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters on bilingual children and is first author of Dual Language Development and Disorders, 3rd Edition, Brookes Publishing (2021). Throughout this episode, we talk mostly about immigrant or refugee children learning English-as-a-second language. We also touch on language disorders in bilingual children. Johanne provides many tips and advice for teachers, educators and speech-language pathologists. Here are a few examples:
Advice for teachers/SLPs/educators
As well as advice for parents who mainly speak a heritage language in the home.
Advice for parents
Johanne also talks about her website where you can find resources and useful information:
Child English Second Language (CHESL) Centre: https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/chesl/home
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In this episode, which is part of a series on all things bilingual, Dr. Genesee and I talk about dual language learners, language use in schools, and the impact of the majority language on minority language acquisition in both minority language schools (ex. French language schools) and immersion programs. Dr. Genesee gives very useful strategies that can be used by educators who are interested in exploring a bilingual or a crosslinguistic approach in a meaningful way. We talk about how we can support the use of the children’s linguistic resources in order to help them acquire and maintain the minority language. We also talk about the importance of establishing clear goals when using crosslinguistic or translanguaging approaches as well as the parents’ role in their child’s acquisition of a minority language, be it their home language or the school language.
Resources mentioned during the episode
Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, Speech-Language Pathologist and researcher, hosts a bevy of guests on the topic of communication at large.