Making family bilingualism work in real life

Kieltenopettaja Annika Bourgogne
to 17.10. klo 13.00 – 13.30

HUOM! Tallennettu nettiluento alkaa kohdasta 00:37 minuuttia.

Annika Bourgogne - the lecturer - is a language teacher and the author of "Be Bilingual - Practical Ideas for Multilingual Families". The lecture is organised by Duo (for intercultural families) in cooperation with Väestöliitto.

Children may be like sponges when it comes to language learning, but many intercultural families say that they would still like to have a bag of tricks to combine bilingualism and real-life parenting. Annika Bourgogne shares practical and fun ideas that families can use to make bilingualism work in their busy lives. The ideas are backed up by the latest research in the field, but focus on making growing up with two or more languages an enjoyable experience for the children.
After the lecture (30 minutes) Annika will have time for comments and questions.

Nettiluento on valtakunnallinen ja maksuton tapa saada luotettavaa tietoa ja kysyä asiantuntijoilta anonyymisti. Luennolle voit liittyä nimimerkillä tai rekisteröityneenä käyttäjänä. Liity luennolle painamalla "Siirry luennolle" -nappia.
Online lectures are an easy way to get access to reliable information and make questions to experts and professional anonymously. The online lectures are free of charge and open to everybody. Join the online lecture using a nick name (nimimerkki) or as a registered user. Join the lecture by clicking the "Siirry luennolle" link (the link appears and becomes active once the lecture has started).

  • 13:01 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Welcome to this Duo lecture about bilingualism!
  • 13:01 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Can you hear and see us properly?
  • 13:01 Luna-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Yes
  • 13:03 jesscat I can't hear a thing :(
  • 13:03 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet How about others? Can you hear us?
  • 13:03 Eva I cant hear or see any video, but i am using ipad
  • 13:04 Luna-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Yes, I can hear and see
  • 13:04 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Eva: I'm not sure if this works on iPad. Do you have the possibility to use another computer?
  • 13:04 jesscat oop, figured it out. I can hear now, yay.
  • 13:05 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Jesscat: Great!
  • 13:05 Eva No :( i only have this to use
  • 13:05 Nilla-Väestöliitto To see and hear properly you need to have a computer with flashplayer
  • 13:05 Eva Oh too bad, is there anything here for me then?
  • 13:05 Nilla-Väestöliitto It may also help to change your browser to firefox or chrome
  • 13:06 Nilla-Väestöliitto This lecture is beeing recorded so you can watch it later on :)
  • 13:07 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Welcome to all of you who have just come in. This is Duo's online lecture by language teacher Annika Bourgogne.
  • 13:07 Eva Thats good. Maybe i can also see what youre discussing here and participate on that
  • 13:07 Nilla-Väestöliitto Of course :)
  • 13:07 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Annika would love to hear your questions and comments, which you can share here. Annika will answer to them in the end of her lecture.
  • 13:08 Nilla-Väestöliitto And all the comments and answers will also be recorded ;)
  • 13:10 Nadia I can't see/hear anything at all :(
  • 13:10 Nadia (but it's my first time so I may be required to do something.. what?!)
  • 13:10 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Nadia: I'm sorry to hear that. What browser are you you using?
  • 13:11 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet It may help to change your browser to firefox or chrome.
  • 13:11 Nadia ie
  • 13:11 Nilla-Väestöliitto Nadia: is your flashplayer updated?
  • 13:12 Nadia I don't have those.. only Internet Explorer
  • 13:13 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Nadia: IE might be the problem or out-of-date Flash Player. Fortunately this lecture is recorded, so you can watch it later on, even if you are unable to do it now.
  • 13:16 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Welcome to all new participants! Remember that you can participate by listening, browsing the presentation slides at your own pace and asking questions about the topic of the lecture by writing them to the chat field. Annika will answer to questions at the end of the lecture, so do stay online! :)
  • 13:25 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Annika is coming to the end of her lecture, so there will soon be time for your questions and comments. Please feel free to share!
  • 13:27 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet For those of you who came late, or who had problems with sound or picture, the lecture is recorded and will be available on and website along with the slides. Duo will also write a short article/summary about the lecture and that will be added to Duo website's Library section.
  • 13:28 Raquel Rod Hi! Thanks for the lecture! My question, what do you suggest when for example bilingual children get together to encourage the minority language use, but they end up playing in the main language?
  • 13:30 Raquel Rod Thanks!
  • 13:31 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet What is the most common question you get from bilingual families?
  • 13:31 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet What seems to puzzle them?
  • 13:31 paula3 Hi! I'm Paula, I'm English and live in Denmark with my Danish partner and we have a 7 month old son. My question relates to when to learn to read and write in English - at the same time as Danish or before school starts at 7?
  • 13:34 Eva I cant hear the lecture, but I wonder what to do, when we live in Finland and the father of child is Norwegian, but working on sea and away for 4 weeks. How to support the minority language? I dont speak norwegian, we speak english together. My mother and sister speaks swedish, but is it too much, if they would speak swedish to my son? He is only 3,5 months yet, but isnt it good to think these things in advance? :) and will our son be very confused, when i speak finnish, my boyfriend norwegian and we speak english..
  • 13:35 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet Eva: I will pass your questions to Annika and she will reply to it. Then, when the recorded lecture comes available online, you can go and listen to her answer. Hope that is OK for you as well! Thank you for the question!
  • 13:35 paula3 That's really interesting - thank you!
  • 13:35 Eva Diad, thanks :)
  • 13:39 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet What do you think is the most important thing an intercultural and bilingual couple expecting a child can do to prepare themselves for family bilingualism? What do you think they should discuss, decide, consider...?
  • 13:41 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet There's still time for 1-2 comments and questions :)
  • 13:42 Raquel Rod We registered our two children in maistratti with the minority language as mother language with the idea of those to be considered in the statistics. Do you know if those are considered in practice when cities are planning support activities for bilingual children? In my case is Espoo.
  • 13:43 Diad-Kahden kulttuurin perheet We are coming to the end of today's online lecture. Thank you all for coming and thank you for sharing your experiences, comments and questions!