There are more than 250 languages spoken in homes around Australia, yet rates of language learning are on the decline and experts say urgent action is needed.

This is a five-part series about bilingualism and language education in Australia.

 

Wednesday 21 Feb 2018
Language can break barriers, especially when you're a little kid keen to share your favourite film with your grandma in Syria, writes Omar Dabbagh.
This story was first published in 2016 as part of a five-part series about bilingualism and language education in AustraliaWhen I was four years old, my favourite movie was 'Home Alone'.I was the type of child who, when enamoured by a film, would...
Thursday 7 Apr 2016
As part of our five-part series on bilingualism and language education in Australia, we asked parents to submit their tips for raising children with more than one language. Here are some of the highlights.
READ THE COMPLETE SBS SERIES HERE"Plan to start from the day your baby is born: speak, read and sing to your child in both languages, every day." – Lis"We brought up our kids as bilingual using the one-parent-one-language technique. Our dinner...
There are more than 250 languages spoken in homes around Australia, yet rates of language learning are on the decline and experts say urgent action is needed.
This story is part of a five-part series about bilingualism and language education in AustraliaWith Australia set to take in 12,000 refugees from Syria over the next 18 months, the country’s population is more diverse than ever.But its growing...
How are plans to raise children with a second language tested by day-to-day stresses, teenage resistance, lack of motivation or bereavement?
This story is part of a five-part series about bilingualism and language education in AustraliaWhen Kathy Karatasas's husband George died at the age of 44, she was left with four children to raise on her own.Before his death, Ms ...
Indigenous school students are being denied the right to education in their own language because of a lack of resources or 'desire' from state governments, a linguistics expert says.
This story is part of a five-part series about bilingualism and language education in AustraliaThe chair of Indigenous linguistics at ANU University has called for a national strategy to improve Indigenous language education in schools as poor...

Do you have a tip for raising bilingual children that you would like to share? Email sylvia.varnham@sbs.com.au

Many bilingual parents spend their child’s early years teaching them language inside the home, but what happens when those children go to school?
This story is part of a five-part series about bilingualism and language education in AustraliaIt‘s Tuesday morning at the Italian Bilingual School in the Sydney suburb of Meadowbank and 11-year-old Sam Evans is giving a presentation about Spain...