The multilingual child's relationship with their heritage language(s)

The multilingual child’s relationship with their heritage language(s)

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This webinar is designed for both teachers and parents.
In this talk, Dr Cassie Smith-Christmas (author of Family Language Policy: Maintaining an Endangered Language in the Home) will outline strategies for encouraging children to use their minority/heritage language(s).
It will discuss the barriers that society puts up in terms of fostering a minority language, and how both parents and practitioners can help overcome that by focusing on fostering the child’s positive emotional relationship with their minority language(s) also called heritage or home language(s).
The talk will address any teachers and parents’ concerns and it is based on Dr Smith-Christmas’ work in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht and her most recent Marie Skłodowska-Curie-funded project ‘Languages, Families, and Society,’ which involves Polish and Kurdish-speaking families.

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14 Sep 2021


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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  • Dr Cassie Smith-Christmas
    Dr Cassie Smith-Christmas
    Researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway

    Dr Cassie Smith-Christmas is a researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has authored 24 publications related to multilingualism and the family, and has held fellowships with Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions; the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Irish Research Council, the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and Soillse, the interuniversity Scottish Gaelic research network.