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Know-it-all passport presents a workshop for:

Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children

by world-renowned specialist in education and neuroscience, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph.D. www.traceytokuhama.com

Tracey is half Japanese-American, half Irish-Native American and is married to an Ecuadorian. Her 3 children aged 19, 17 and 15 speak fluent English, Spanish and German and some French.

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, author of “Raising Multilingual Children” and 5 other books on the brain and learning, is visiting Switzerland to present her dynamic workshops.

There are Ten Key Factors which influence every student’s success with new languages:

  • Timing
  • Aptitude
  • Motivation
  • Strategy
  • Consistency
  • Opportunity
  • Language Typology
  • Siblings
  • Gender
  • Hand-use

Each person will combine these “ingredients” together in their own unique “recipe” for learning. This workshop will familiarize teachers and parents with the factors and suggest tools for enhancing those which are shaped in the school context.

Tracey will explain how children learn languages and answer your questions. For example:

  • Is it ok to have 2, 3, 4 languages at the same time or is it better for children to learn languages consecutively?
  • When should your children learn multiliteracy skills?
  • Who should speak what in order to maximize the best language skills?
  • Should you learn a foreign language alongside your children?
  • Raising your child multilingually has worked so far, but now your child is growing up and you have different questions about identity, literacy, strategy, etc.
  • Come with your own questions and be prepared to share your own concerns about the best way to raise multilingual children.

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Comments from previous years' workshops:

"For me the workshop was really enjoyable and highly interesting; I could have spent many more hours learning about and discussing the topic. Even the short workshop was useful and helped me put more structure in my thoughts about raising multilingual children. Hope to participate again." —Sascha

"I would like to commend you and Tracey for a truly wonderful seminar. Thank you for organizing this. The information we all received on Wednesday has proven to be so useful and was delivered in such a fun and jovial way that it would be forever remembered. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! And I'm completely with you about not being able to recall word for word what Tracey says. She cited examples that made everything so clear and I'd love to stop, rewind and play her again and again.;-) She's amazing! Thank you again for such a wonderful workshop!" —Kecia

"Thank you very much for making this excellent workshop available! I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I was about to give up on speaking Italian with my daughter, but got my second wind now." —Maria

"Many thanks for introducing Tracey the other night. She is phenomenal! The volume of research she shared on raising multilingual kids and the energy with which she conducted the evening was brilliantly impressive." —Purmina

"Just wanted to say the workshop was great, inspiring and really very, very helpful. Many thanks for organizing it, great initiative." —Joanna

18h Registration and welcome drink
18h30-20h Ten key factors which influence every student’s success with new languages
20h-20h30 Break with drinks and snacks
20h30-21h45 How children learn languages and Q&A
22h end

PRICE (same for all venues)
Includes drinks and snacks during the break.

  • Early bird sign-up online before midnight on 7 September, 2013: Fr. 70.-/individual, Fr. 120.-/couple (2 parents of the same family)
  • Advance booking online from midnight on 7 September, 2013 until midnight on the day before each event: Fr. 80.-/individual, Fr. 140.-/couple (2 parents of the same family)
  • At the door CASH ONLY: Fr. 100.-/individual, Fr. 170.-/couple (2 parents of the same family). Please note that if you wait to pay at the door, there is a risk that you will be turned away if the event is full.
  • APE St-Sulpice members should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for their discount code, available on individual ticket purchases only.


— GENEVA: Monday, 16 September, 2013
Université Ouvrière de Genève - UOG
3, place des Grottes
1201 Genève
Underground parking at Cornavin train station.

— LAUSANNE AREA: Thursday, 19 September, 2013

La Salle du Conseil Communal (1st floor)
Rue du Centre 59
1025 St-Sulpice, Vaud
— SPONSORED BY: APE St-Sulpice (members should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for their discount code, available on individual ticket purchases only).
— Parking: There is parking at the Auberge restaurant. There is also parking nearby at a little shopping area nearby.
— Public transport: From Lausanne Flon you can take the 1 metro to Bourdonnette (direction Renens-Gare) then the 701 bus to St-Sulpice VD Centre. The Salle du Conseil is very close to the bus stop.



Click here to register for the Geneva event on Monday, 16 September, 2013

Click here to register for the Lausanne area event on Thursday, 19 September, 2013