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.