kakku /Bilingual cake at Kingston
Soile Pietikäisen luento aiheesta pidettiin lauantaina
4.2 klo 10-12
Have you ever wondered:
· Why do children reply in English, although they
seem to understand what you say in Finnish?
· How should the Finnish-speaking parent react when
children reply in English?
· Can the English parent practice their Finnish with
· Should parents correct grammar mistakes?
· Does it matter if a parent switches languages while
· Is it likely to be a passing phase, if children
reply in English?
· How can you help children expand their vocabulary?
· How do siblings affect each others bilingualism?
· Is it possible to maintain Finnish while children
go through English schooling?
· Why do children stop wanting to listen to books
· Can you turn English homework into a resource for
· How can you use Finnish meaningfully with an adult
or older child learning Finnish?
· Should children be taught to read in Finnish?
· Why does it become harder and harder for the parent
to keep using Finnish as the children grow older?
If you have, come along to have a chat with Soile about it.
She has been parenting trilingual children for over a decade
and has spent even longer figuring out what the academics
say about these things.
Right now Soile is completing her Kone Foundation funded
PhD, at Goldsmiths University of London, on Finnish Saturday
school children here in London. Her research is specifically
about why do some children of a Finnish parent grow up to
be bilingual while others become English monolinguals.
Soile will introduce her Bilingual cake to help
you map out the strengths and weaknesses of your family in
raising bilingual children.
The Bilingual cake has been specifically designed
to help parents to see how to make a real difference to their
own childrens bilingual lives.
If you would like to read something in Finnish,
check out Soiles blog in Etäkoulu Kulkuri: