Home language maintenance: Connecting children, families and classrooms

Convenors: Sharynne McLeod1 and Paola Escudero2

Presenters: Van H. Tran1, Kate Margetson1, Gloria Pino Escobar2, Sarah Verdon1, Chloé Diskin-Holdaway3, Paola Escudero2, Sharynne McLeod1


1 VietSpeech, Charles Sturt University, Australia

2 Little Multilingual Minds, The MARCS Institute for Brain Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University, Australia

3Little Multilingual Minds, School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne, Australia


During this practical workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn from two innovative teams of researchers who have developed fun, evidence-based programs for supporting children’s home language maintenance at home and school.


Little Multilingual Minds (LMM) 

The workshop will commence with an overview of home language maintenance throughout life and factors impacting home language maintenance. Next each team (VietSpeech and LMM) will outline their vision, target group, challenges and solutions, principles and theoretical frameworks, structure and weekly session delivery, themes, session plans and example activities. Then each team will demonstrate an example of how they have targeted the theme of healthy lifestyles/food and how they have used The Very Hungry Caterpillar to support children’s home language maintenance at home and school. The workshop will conclude with time for participants to work together to consider how these programs can relate to their own experiences and to develop activities for their own situations.


Participants are encouraged to bring along a copy of the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle) in whatever language(s) they have available (although this is not essential).


Workshop details

Registration for this workshop is a separate cost to the main conference. Registration for this workshop is independent of attendance of the main conference. A separate registration for this workshop includes the workshop participation and attendance to the ISB14 keynote speech delivered by Professor Sharynne McLeod.