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English Language (Child Language Acquisition): Dispelling the Myths – The Reality of Children’s Bilingual Development With Dr Fraibet Aveledo From University Of Reading

21st November 2019 @ 13:00 - 13:45



In the last two decades there has been an increasing interest in childhood bilingualism. Thanks to globalization, how we communicate and interact with other cultures in today’s world, learning more than one language from childhood has become highly valuable. However, there is still misunderstanding about how children deal with this task and whether it is beneficial or not for them.

In this session Dr Fraibet Aveledo, representing the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at University of Reading, will disentangle these misunderstandings and talk about childhood bilingualism. The session will address the main concepts and theories by focusing on the differences between learning two languages from birth and learning two languages in early school years.

Dr Aveledo will then dedicate a space to the discussion of the typical myths around bilingualism in childhood and conclude that although learning two languages in childhood is a demanding task, the child does it successfully and the benefits are immense.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students studying English Language and English Language & Literature, as well as students with wider interests in Bilingualism.

Lecturer Profile (Please click): Dr Fraibet Aveledo

Preparation or Pre-Reading: There is no formal preparation or pre-reading required although students might like to consider some of the key issues/questions raised by childhood bilingualism and language acquisition.

The IT Setup: The setup is similar to Skype, using a pc and webcam, although students take part as a group with the image projected on a whiteboard rather than as individuals in front of lots of pcs. Dedicated videoconferencing equipment is also compatible if available to the school. Further details are here: Connecting in to a Channel Talent Event (Please Click)

We will work with your IT department to ensure everything is set up and working prior to the event. The sessions are generally limited to 3 to 5 schools to maintain the interactive nature of the experience. In this event there will be three groups of schools taking part increasing the opportunity to participate.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you have a group of students that you would like to take part in this event, please click here 

Subject to availability we will book a place for you.


21st November 2019
13:00 - 13:45
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