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Raising Bilingual Children (MQ851)

Parents in the foreign affairs agencies have a unique opportunity to encourage bilingualism in their children. This evening course explores strategies to take advantage of the multicultural experiences this lifestyle affords. Furthermore, participants will learn about resources available, and the challenges and rewards of raising children bilingually.

Participant Feedback:

"Don't think something is too much for your child. And whatever you expose them to is good. It is up to your family how you want to do it, whatever works."

"This course helped me to realize that more than ever it is important for my children to have opportunities to learn a language. It is also clear that it will take a lot of effort and commitment from me to help them achieve this skill."


Course Dates and Times
23 September 2015      6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
2 March 2016      6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
21 September 2016      6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This is a non-tuition workshop.


Virtual Resource Table

The following links and documents represent materials made available at the resource table during the class.

Department of State Employee and Family Services

Foreign Affairs Community Resources

Language Learning Resources

Raising Bilingual Children

Further Reading

  • Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds [David Pollock, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2009]
  • Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World [Homa Sabet Tavangar, Ballantine Books, 2009]
  • Raising Global Children [Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2013]
  • Languages and Children: Making the Match, New Languages for Young Learners, Grades K-8 [Helena Curtain & Carol Ann Dahlberg, Pearson, 2008]
  • Dual Language Learners in the Early Years: Getting Ready to Succeed in School – Report that examines the conditions of early childhood for dual language learners (DLLs) from a variety of angles.

Recommend Reading

  • ExpatChild – Internet forum connecting employees of the foreign affairs community with each other for advice on raising expat children.


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