Today's world is characterized by globalization, intercultural marriages and extensive demographic changes within our communities. Many multicultural parents need guidance to develop strong and healthy multilingual home environment. They want a home that nurtures all family member's potentials and identities, without compromising their development in English and in the mainstream culture. Common questions are…
- Can parents speaking one or more languages at home ease their children's transition into the mainstream and support strong academic performance?
- Can parents and teachers or multilingual children work together to facilitate children's school adaptation and academic success?
- Can family languages be an enjoyable part of family life and child's assets?
The answer is a resounding YES, and WE CAN HELP
At the MFRC we can:
- Enable parents and children to understand of the social value of their family languages and develop a sense of pride and enjoyment of their own linguistic and cultural traditions.
- Guide parents to find effective strategies to work with teachers to support their children's integral multilingual development while enhancing academic achievement.
- Help parents identify specific family practices to support bi-literacy at home.
- For couples deciding to raise multilingual children
- For parents and children (all ages) with questions about multilingual communication at home
- For parents that look for specific information on strategies to develop bi-literacy at home
- For grandparents interested in transmitting their language and cultural traditions to their grandchildren
Family services are hourly rate.
- For groups of parents (3 to 5 parents) interested in learning about general topics of multilingualism and bi-literacy
- For teachers interested in building a strong communication and partnership with multilingual families
- For school administrators looking to integrate more multicultural families into their schools
Workshops can also be tailored to cover specific topics that families or teachers are interested in.
For organizations, cultural centers and museums looking to develop curriculum, events, exhibitions and activities to support families home languages.
Workshop services and special projects are flat fee.
MFRC also serves as a resource of information about agencies, local resources and experts; educational opportunities; and PDFs on child bilingualism and multilingual families.