Language learning opportunities abound!

There isn’t one miraculous way to learn language. Children the world over acquire the sounds, words, and grammar of their native language (or languages) in vastly different life and family environments. Parenting practices (and recommendations) also vary from place to place. Yet, a caregiver reading with a child, children playing outdoors, the hubbub of family: all of these are seeds for language learning.

In this series of comics, we will unveil the kinds of situations that make favourable language learning environments (and you may just find out that you’re doing a lot of these already!).

The scientific sources of our comic:

  1. Lieven, E. V. M. (1994). Crosslinguistic and crosscultural aspects of language addressed to children. In C. Gallaway & B. J. Richards (Eds.), Input and interaction in language acquisition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. Casillas, M., Brown, P., & Levinson, S. C. (2019). Early language experience in a Tseltal Mayan village. Child Development. doi:10.1111/cdev.13349

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  • I hope this email finds you well. We are delighted to launch a new set of resources for teachers and schools with children who speak more than one language.

    We also made a video for teachers/principals/administrative staff on communicating with families in different languages – see here – and a list of useful phrases that can be used in schools. This is a project we will continue to work on over the next few months and anyone can request phrases to be translated

    These resources will be presented and discussed during a panel discussion on Tuesday 9th June. If you are interested in finding out more you can visit

    Please feel free to disseminate these resources,

    All the best,

    Francesca La Morgia

    Director, Mother Tongues

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