How Languages Shape the Present and Future of My Family

How Languages Shape the Present and Future of My Family 2021-04-18T06:59:32+00:00

Mobility and technology advancement have provided the entire human society and each individual with additional possibilities to access and use various languages. Multilingualism is an exceptional societal and individual asset, an intellectual, cultural, family, economic, and rights resource. Being aware of them, knowing how families and individuals manage these resources, whether using them fully or partially, increasing or neglecting and losing them carelessly, will allow us to make informed decisions regarding our own optimal use of the linguistic treasures.

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In today’s world, most people are multilingual or at least bilingual. Almost all of the countries are multilingual too. How can a family survive and thrive in a multilingual society? Many questions arise regarding children: Is it true that a child can ‘catch’ a new language easily and without any effort? How do children and adults acquire and learn additional languages? Is it true that older people cannot learn new languages? What to do in order to restore communication between the older and the young generation (grandparents and grandchildren). Which school to choose? Who can talk to a child and in which language? Are you allowed to use your language in this country? Do we live in a cultural “bubble”? And why do South Korean parents have their children operated on and choose to pay for Frenectomy? The course will help the parents and other family members to make informed decisions on the most crucial issues in their family.

The aim of this interactive course is to assist the participants in developing a personal and professional vision of today’s multilingual reality. The course will be conducted in English (also available in Russian). It will consist of eight online (synchronous) meetings of two academic hours each. Teaching methods will include lectures, class discussions, and student presentations.

Among the topics:

  • How do children acquire languages?
  • Learning and acquiring languages in early childhood
  • How do children start speaking two and three languages simultaneously?
  • Family language strategies
  • Education and schools: which languages to choose? Which educational programs are better?
  • Context and environment and the whole family: with whom to play, study and develop?
  • Languages across the lifespan: can we forget our native language? Can we learn a new language at an older age? What is the fossilization of language?
  • What is the effect of languages on the brain and cognition?
  • Our pets: Do animals have language?
  • Economic impact of languages that we know
  • English as an exceptional language

By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  • find their balance in the uneasy language-related issues persisting in society
  • make informed decisions with regard to language education, learning, and

The course is intended for parents, grandparents, and everyone who faces multilingualism daily as a multilingual speaker. It will also be instrumental for those who specialize in education, linguistics, translation, and language teaching.

Prerequisites include enthusiasm and motivation, listening comprehension, as well as English reading and writing skills sufficient to read learning materials, write short essays, and discuss issues in class.

Prof. Larissa Aronin
Email: Larisa@research.haifa.ac.il


Larissa Aronin is an Associate Professor at the Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel. She was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and a KIVA Guest Professor Technical Universität Darmstadt, Germany. She served two terms as a Secretary of the International Association of Multilingualism and currently is a Board Member of Language Teaching (CUP) and an Editorial Board member of a number of international peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Aronin has published in a range of international journals on a wide array of topics connected with multilingualism and authored and co-authored several books on multilingualism.

Dates: 31 May 2021 – 19 July 2021
Fees: 305USD/992NIS

*Sessions will take place on Mondays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 (Israel time) via Zoom.

Session 1 – 31 May 2021
Session 2 – 7 June 2021
Session 3 – 14 June 2021
Session 4 – 21 June 2021
Session 5 – 28 June 2021
Session 6 – 5 July 2021
Session 7 – 12 July 2021
Session 8 – 19 July 2021