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Being multilingual brings many advantages – to the children, to our community, to our economy. However in many cases due to a lack of information, multilingual parents choose to speak to their children in English. Britain remains a very monolingual country where people speaking only one language is regarded as normal.

WFBG aims to support families with bilingual children. Drop-in and play session, guest speakers and other events are all open to members and free to anyone interested in multilingual issues.

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Multilingual Poetry in the Community

During summer 2019, together with a local poetry group, WFBG will be organising Displays of Poems representing the linguistic diversity of Waltham Forest. Poems in over 45 languages will be put on display in Libraries and Parks across the Borough and on The Walthamstow Town Square Big Screen. Children will be given interactive walkabout learning opportunities while visiting the exhibition with their schools. Adults will be given the opportunity to join poetry reading sessions in local libraries.

Friday 7th June and Saturday 8th June 2019 - Launch events in Walthamstow - Please register here, attendance is free

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Workshop November 2019

Saturday 16 november 2019

3.30 - 5.30 pm

We will be running our regular workshop and drop-in & play session at the Limes,Children's and Community Centre in Walthamstow (London). Find on the map

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Drop in Sessions and workshops are free and take place at the Limes Children's and Community Centre, Somers Road, just off Walthamstow Market.

Growing up with languages


Reflections on Multilingual Childhoods

By Claire Thomas

Primarily aimed as a practical resource for parents, but also of interest to students and researchers because of its unique content, it includes recollections of and advice on many of the common issues or dilemmas that arise in multilingual families.

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