Bilingual Environment for Multicultural Families
▪The project is to help multicultural youths acquire bilingual capacity and facilitate communication within a multicultural family. It is also to assist children of multicultural families in growing into global talents equipped with language competence.
▪ First, this project provides children of multicultural families with bilingual programs, as well as gaming programs and educational materials using children’s songs and fairytales. Second, it offers education for parents to help them communicate with their children, thereby helping their children become bilingual. It particularly enhances the role of parents in the communication between family members. Third, it assists in establishing networks among multicultural parents such as the meetings of parents to share knowledge and information.
Children of multicultural families raised by parents who lack proficiency in Korean experience difficulties communicating with their parents. In most cases, parents are more likely to not teach their children their native language because of concerns that their children will not properly develop Korean language skills. The project is primarily to change the mindset of parents and assist them in communicating with each other. In this family environment, children will be able to respect the culture and language of their immigrant parents, improve their bilingual abilities and grow into multilingual, global talents
This project was evaluated based on the results of the education program and the satisfaction level obtained by a survey distributed following the program. The outcome of the assessments showed that the participants came to have a positive perspective and attitude toward multilingualism after their participation in the program. This confirmed the effectiveness of the project in creating a bilingual environment for multicultural families. Also noteworthy is that the multicultural families who did not take part in the program also had a positive perception and attitude toward bilingualism. Moreover, the participants expressed considerable satisfaction with the project, especially with its educational content.