Hello and welcome to Growing Up Bilingual!
We hope that this website gives you the information you are looking for when it comes to raising bilingual children. The website has been created especially to provide a source of support and information for all those concerned with or interested in bilingual children and their upbringing and education. Although the contents of this website are mainly aimed at parents and parents-to-be of bilingual children, we also invite teachers, policymakers, administrators, researchers, speech language therapists and other interested parties to browse through the various pages.
The initial idea
This website has been created in 2012 by Sharon Unsworth, Ivana Brasileiro and Manuela Pinto in order to provide updated and research-based information to bilingual families about raising children with more than one language.
We are linguists specialized in the field of early bilingualism and second language acquisition. We are passionate about our work and we believe that the knowledge we gather with our research ought to be shared with non-specialists, out there. In these past years we have given many workshops and (informal) talks for parents, professionals, policy makers and for anyone interested in bilingualism and bilingual education.
To date, Ivana is policy advisor at the Utrecht School of Economics and Sharon is associate professor at Radboud University where she continues her professional activities and her public engagement with unchanged commitment. The Growingupbilingual team proceeds with revived enthusiasm and with two new members: Shalom Zuckerman, expert in psycholinguistics and in cognitive aspects of multilingualism, and Zuzanna Grądzka, multilingual student (Polish, Dutch, English, Spanish, Italian, …) specializing in second language acquisition.
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