Eindhoven is becoming increasingly international and children as well as schools go through a process of adjusting to this intercultural and multilingual environment. Expat children’s one of the first and most important tasks to accomplish here is to master the Dutch language. Many of these expat children are anyways born in multilingual families in which they are exposed to at least 2 different languages through their parents. This talk will help parents get informed about the benefits of multilingual development and importance of mastering the local language for their children. Parents will leave this session with a clear understanding of what strategies they can to use to ensure a happy and healthy language development of their multilingual children.
Who is Elif Durgel?
Elif Durgel is a psychologist who specializes in parenting and child development especially in multicultural contexts. Her work focuses on expat parents’ child rearing expectations, practices and how these influence their children’s development. She is running Roots and Wings Parent Academy where she provides consultation and guidance to parents and gives internationalization and intercultural trainings to teachers.
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