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Workshop: Identity and multilingualism for parents and teachers

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Registration now open for an event for teachers/parents/carers!

These FREE workshops form part of a conference being held at the Institute of Education, University of Reading, London Road Campus, on Saturday 3 February.

There will be two workshops run by Language Futures and Bilingualism Matters – delegates can choose which workshop to attend on the day.

1) Creative Multilingual Identities for language learners (Language Futures)

2) Tales from around the world (Bilingualism Matters)

Creative Multilingual Identities for language learners

Language Futures is an exciting initiative for creative primary and secondary schools interested in developing languages beyond the classroom. It works in tandem with the languages provision already in place in school, and is not designed to 'teach' a language, but to equip students with the skills to develop as autonomous learners supported by school, home and a language proficient mentor from the community. It helps promote linguistic diversity and creativity, celebrates pupils' home languages and enables them to develop their own language learning identity through exercising choice in what and how to learn.

In this workshop, Language Futures will give an overview of the latest research into the project, show examples of activities and lesson plans and share practical tips and resources for participants to use in their own contexts.

Tales from around the world

The second workshop is run by the University of Reading Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism branch of Bilingualism Matters. Bilingualism Matters provides training, advice and information on child bilingualism to anyone interested or involved with raising, educating and caring for bilingual and multilingual children. It also bridges the gap between researchers and society by presenting recent findings on the social and cognitive advantages of bilingualism.

This workshop explores the role that different languages have in the lives of multilingual speakers. It presents personal insights into the creative influence of speaking different languages on the shaping of identity within the family, the classroom, and beyond. It will include a showing of a short film titled "Tales from Around the World: Creative Multilingualism in Action", where members of immigrant communities will talk about different ways to bring up children with two languages. The film will be followed by a discussion on some of the most commonly raised issues on bi- and multilingualism.

The workshops are part of a 2-day conference organised by Creative Multilingualism, a 4-year research programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Council as part of its flagship Open World Research Initiative.

You are welcome to attend the rest of the conference on the Saturday (the Friday of the conference is full), further details and a full programme can be found on the Creative Multilingualism website.

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