How should we measure bilingual experience? Have your say!

How should bilingual experience be measured? What common measures of language experience should be used to allow comparability between studies? To what extent can/should researchers and practitioners (teachers, speech and language therapists) use the same measures to describe the children they work with? These are central questions in the Q-BEx project (Quantifying Bilingual Experience: Optimising tools […]

New paper showing that bilingual English-Dutch children sometimes accept V2 in English, especially when they have more exposure to Dutch

Jasmijn Bosch (University Milano Bicocca) and I have a new paper on cross-linguistic influence, which has just been accepted for publication in Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. In this study, we find both quantitative and qualitative differences between bilingual children and their monolingual peers. More specifically, we find that bilingual English-Dutch children accept ungrammatical V2 sentences […]

Paper by Ellen van den Broek accepted for publication

One of my PhD students, Ellen van den Broek, has had her second paper accepted for publication in The Language Learning Journal. It’s about stimulating language awareness in the foreign language classroom and involves a qualitative analysis of teachers’ self-reported practices. Congratulations, Ellen! Here’s the complete reference, DOI to follow once the paper’s online: Broek, […]

Artikel in Tijdschrift Taal over onze animatieclips

Afgelopen jaar hebben Gerrit Jan Kootstra en ik een drietal animatieclips over meertaligheid ontwikkeld voor basisschoolleerlingen en hun leerkrachten. In de laatste editie van Tijdschrift Taal introduceren we in dit artikel deze clips, bespreken we onderliggende wetenschappelijke achtergronden en doen we suggesties voor verwerkingsactiviteiten die bij de animatieclips passen. De clips staan gewoon op YouTube […]

Introducing the Kletsheads podcast

I’ve been a keen podcast listener for quite a few years. If I’m completely honest, my listening has mainly been restricted to BBC Radio 4 programmes and their spin-offs, but over the past year or so I’ve spread my podcast wings and started to listen to a wider variety, from the now classic American Serial […]