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Online webinar: The benefits of multilingualism, 17 June

Outreach, Processing, Western Sydney University

Date: 15 June 2021

Webinar: The Benefits of Multilingualism (for Teachers/Parents/Students/Grandparents/Speech Therapists)

When: Thursday, 17 June 2021 12:00 pm (AEST)

Register: online


Are your children exposed to more than one language at home? Do you have concerns about speaking to your children in multiple languages?

Join us for a webinar and discussion on the benefits of multilingualism throughout the lifespan. Our expert panel will discuss the latest research findings, separate facts from fiction, and provide you with tips for promoting, enhancing, and maintaining multilingualism in children and later in life.  We will also have a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have.



Mark Antoniou -  Associate Professor and the Deputy Director of The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. He is an expert on bilingualism and the relationship between language and the brain.

Marieke van Heugten - Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University at Buffalo and Adjunct Researcher at The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. Marieke studies early language development and processing, with a focus on young children’s navi-gation of linguistic diversity.

Paola Escudero - Professor in Linguistics and ARC Future Fellow at The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University. She is also a Chief Investigator within the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. She is an expert in language acquisition and a champion of Australia’s cultural diversity and multilingual potential. Paola is the mother of a girl who is growing up trilingual and can say a few words in five other languages.

Maja Ibric -  is a Speech Language Pathologist with over 10 years’ experience in various health and education settings including hospitals, schools, and private practice. Maja is currently employed by the University of Sydney as a clinical educator training Undergraduate and Master of Speech Pathology students. She is completing her PhD in ‘Bilingualism and Emerging Biliteracy in Preschool Children with Speech Sound Disorder (SSD)’ at Western Sydney University. She is the mother of two young boys who are being raised bilingual. 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE: We will be providing all participants with a certificate of attendance which can be used for professional development

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University