The Know Show

#23 Vally Lytra - ‘The Mother Tongue’

June 18, 2020

My guest today is Dr. Vally Lytra from Goldsmiths University of London. She is a senior lecturer in education, where her research focus is on bilingualism and biliteracy. For somebody like myself who has grown up bilingual, and for many of our listeners, this episode resonates quite deeply. Vally shares some of her thoughts and ideas on harnessing the mother tongue to improve the education experience. This of course has not been the way of thinking for many communities of migrants. For a long time it wasn’t uncommon to hear people advise against using the mother tongue of the family at home in order to strengthen their English or the language of the country where they reside. Vally also shares some thoughts on how faith can also be leveraged. I really loved listening to and learning from Vally and I’m sure you will all have something to take away from our conversation. If you haven’t done so already, please subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Youtube.

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