Supporting multilingual families – a linguistic treasure for Europe

Keeping both languages is so important particularly if we want to keep families together. Its really important that these children can talk to their grandparents who are often overseas.

Language Rich Europe

“Multilingual Families” is an important project co-funded in the framework of Key Activity 2 Languages of the Lifelong Learning programme that is targeted at preserving the languages and culture of the 47.3 million immigrants living in the European Union and the many families with parents having more than one language. These people represent a linguistic treasure house for Europe and one that must be preserved to enhance the linguistic and multi-cultural diversity of Europe.

To preserve this treasure into the second generation, i.e. the children of immigrants and linguistically diverse parents, is vital as a continuing linguistic resource. Children who are bilingual are also a strong beacon to their monolingual peers that multilingualism, is obtainable.

The difficulty is to support and inform immigrant or bilingual parents how and why to raise their children multilingually in an informal setting.

The “Multilingual Families” project will provide this support to parents in 3…

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