Language Awareness

The Workshop Speaker Dr.In Karin Martin

She obtained her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Verona (Italy) in September 2013. The main topics of her work in the field of clinical and applied linguistics were: Multilingualism; the linguistic and cognitive aspects of dyslexia; and the difficulties of learning a new language. Since completing her PhD, she has never stopped learning about the topic of multilingual education and development. She recently published her first online video course on this topic for Italian families: "L'avventura del multilinguismo". In Carinthia, she has been a self-employed linguist since 2014 and works as a lecturer and researcher at the FH. She holds conferences, trainings and provides consultancy services on multilingualism and language learning. Recently, she was able to deepen her expertise through a training on Neurolanguage Coaching, a new language teaching method based on the latest findings in neuroscience. 

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Babies in Multilingual Surroundings

You are raising your children with more than one language. You know it will provide many benefits for your kids. However, it is sometimes confusing. Questions arise about multilingual surroundings for babies: How long will it take to learn the language(s)? What are the best practices? How can I support my child? More and more partners are speaking two different languages as their mother tongue and the family language is sometimes a third language. The language in the nursery school may even be a fourth language. Will children be confused? Why do they mix the languages every time? Should I be worried? Join us and learn the best practices for raising multilingual children! Karin will help you with practical tips and answer all your questions in a caring environment. It will be wonderful to share our stories of multilingual families!

  • Language: English
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: CIC Office, Villlach 

Multilingualism in the School Years

Your children are growing up with more than one language and they are going to school in Austria. What are the best practices in terms of school success and literacy? What about learning to read and write in different languages? Sometimes parents asked themselves: shall we teach our children to read and write in our family language? How can we support them in learning the school language? Is it confusing to learn to write with different alphabets? Learn about crucial issues and get tips to help your child make the most of this experience. Let’s help children to be successful and happy multilinguals!

  • Sprache: English
  • Duration: 1,5 Stunden
  • Location: CIC office, Villach

Third Culture Kids

The huge mobilization of people around the world is not only generating discussion about different topics, like integration in the new country, intercultural issues, or language learning. Families who decide to move to another country are also faced with an extra complex aspect of the expatriate life, because their children are growing up among different worlds and cultures. They experience childhood, in a completely different way when compared to their parents’ childhood experience. As a matter of fact, the number of people who spend a significant part of their childhood in different countries is increasing quickly, and it is becoming the norm rather than the exception. We therefore need to be informed about how these people navigate the complexity of life. This workshop aims at explaining the phenomenon of “Third Culture Kids” or “Cross Culture Kids”, taking into account linguistic and psychological aspects.

  • Sprache: English
  • Duration: 1,5 Stunden
  • Location: CIC office, Villach

Adult Language Learning

Are you learning German or any other language? Do you feel like you are stuck in language learning and you don’t know why? What are your language learning strategies? Are they working? When we live abroad we are surely confronted with a new language to learn. Despite our good intentions, enthusiasm and strong motivation, we often realize that no one has ever taught us HOW to learn languages. During this workshop we will look at three practical strategies that we can apply right away. This workshop aims to help participants find the most appropriate strategy for learning a foreign language. It will explain also some false myths about the difference between learning a language as a child and as an adult.

  • Sprache: English
  • Duration: 1,5 Stunden
  • Location: CIC office, Villach