Public engagement

Talks and workshops

Raising a bilingual child is not always an easy task. Believe me, I know, I’m raising bilingual children as well as researching them!

Research has however shown that raising children bilingually can have many advantages. Indeed, bringing up a bilingual child can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can sometimes require patience and self-discipline. It can also raise many questions. While we do not (yet) know the answers to all these questions, there are several clear-cut findings which have emerged from research with bilingual children in the past years.

I regularly share these findings and my own experiences as a bilingual mum at workshops and informal talks for parents, educators, teacher trainees, expats and anyone with a general interest in bilingualism. Listening to the stories and experiences of other bilingual parents also serves as an inspiration for my own research.

Coming soon

February 29th, Kletskoppen kindertaalfestival, Nijmegen

April 16th, Science Café Wageningen

May 13th, Pint of Science, Utrecht

Kletskoppen kindertaalfestival

Together with colleagues at the Centre for Language Studies and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, I initiated the Kletskoppen “Chatterboxes” child language festival, a science festival all about language and how its learned for children and their families, held in the central library here in Nijmegen. The third edition will take place on a very special date: February 29th, 2020.

Meertaligheid in beeld

Animated clips about bilingualism and bilingual children for primary school children and their teachers. Read more about the clips and how you can use them here. And if you don’t speak Dutch, don’t worry, we have plans for versions in English, Polish and Turkish. Update (February 2020): The English language version is almost complete and will be launched very soon!


Since 2014 I have been working with colleagues at, an (inter)active centre about multilingual children for parents and professionals, run by colleagues at De Taalstudio. I’m on the editorial committee and occasionally write blogs for the site.


In 2018 I was awarded a prize by Nijmegen library for inspiring others to read and write. What an honour!

In the same year, Gerrit Jan Kootstra and I won the LOT (Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics) annual prize for popularising linguistics for Meertaligheid in Beeld.

In 2019, the Kletskoppen team won the Prijs der Humanoria from our faculty. Pim Franssen (the festival’s coordinator) and I picked up the prize.