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Multilingualism - the ability to speak, understand, and function in more than one language - is an increasingly common phenomenon in our modern, globalized world. However, there are still many myths surrounding multilingualism, which often lead to misunderstandings and misconceptions. In this article, we present three common myths about multilingualism that frighten and confuse some parents and educators.
All EU languages are equally important. Languages should be learned early! These declarations come from the European Parliament which has ratified a multilingual language policy (European Parliament, 2013), and the Council of Europe which aims to support multilingualism. This endeavour is also reflected in the educational policies of the European states, though to a different extent.
An inspiring PhD thesis research that examined the diverse support given by teachers and parents to three young Brazilian children at preschool and at home.
New Luxembourg study paints the multilingual scenery encountered by young migrants, showing the very beginning of their multilingual lives and possible elements influencing their multilingualism.
Prof Antonella Sorace answers Maria Júlia, aged 14, from São Lourenço, Brazil on whether some languages can be harder to learn than others in this article for The Conversation.