Certificate of Achievement

Kamel Marzouki

has completed the following course:

Understanding Multilingual Children's Language Development

University of Reading

This online course explained the full meaning of the term 'multilingual' and explored the wide range of contexts multilingual children grow up in and its relevance to identity. It presented current research into mechanisms of language, phonological and discourse level development as well as the importance of quantity and quality of language input. Learners had the opportunity to put what they learned into practice through an exercise in advocating for a fictional child.

3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Professor Holly Joseph

Professor of Language Education and Literacy Development, Director of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM).

University of Reading


Learning outcomes

  • Describe the wide range of multilingual contexts children grow up in and how these contexts may affect their language and communication development.
  • Explore the nature and trajectory of typical multilingual language development, including how young children learn to understand and produce spoken language.
  • Evaluate the importance of input (the languages children hear or read) and the benefits of parents/carers speaking their own language to their child.
  • Improve working practices to better support multilingual children to reach their full potential.
  • Engage with the challenges of creating diverse, rich multilingual environments in schools.
  • Reflect on what it means to grow up speaking more than one language, both at home and in the classroom/clinic.


  • The range of multilingual experience and the resulting wide variety of effects on language and communication development.
  • The impact of multilingual experience on a child’s identity.
  • Multilingualism in the classroom and SLT provision.
  • How multilingualism shapes word learning, phonological development, learning to read, and building vocabulary.
  • Why telling stories is so important for children’s language development.
  • How languages interact.
  • The role of language input.
  • Nurturing a multilingual environment at school.
  • How to advocate for a multilingual child and access the support they need.

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Issued on 14th April 2023

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Free online course:

Understanding Multilingual Children's Language Development

University of Reading