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Know-it-All Passport 2015-2016

KIAP_TOCThe new edition of the Know-it-All passport, a handbook to English-Speaking Geneva, Vaud and Neighbouring France, has finally hit the shelves.  Now in its 9th iteration, the KIAP has been around now for over a decade (I personally have four copies from my 6 year stay in Switzerland, the 66h, 7th, 8th and now 9th editions) and provides chapter-by-chapter recommendations for new arrivals and veteran residents.

This year, chapters include (see image insert):

  • Your Home
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Leisure
  • Education, Courses and Work
  • Family
  • Shopping
  • Information

So why not buy a copy to put right next to your computer or in the car?

Instead of Googling or facebooking your question, just pick up the book and check the Table of Contents or the 15 page Index!  You might just find a recommendation from a fellow expatriate or from a Swiss citizen, without having to type out your question and wait for a reply.


Eventblog: Raising Multilingual Children Workshops

KIAPRaisingMultilingualTracy Tokuhama, world-reknowned specialist in education and neuroscience is back in Switzerland this fall and with the help of Lisa from the Know-it-All Passport, will once again be offering workshops, for parents and educators, around the topic Raising Multilingual Children.

This dynamic workshop will take place twice in Western Switzerland (once in Geneva & once in Lausanne) and will cover the Ten Key Factors which influence every student’s success with new languages.    These factors are

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

Tracey will also explain that each person combines these “ingredients” together in their own unique “recipe” for learning.    Once these factors are discussed, Tracey will suggest tools for enhancing those which are shaped in the school context.

Tracey will explain how children learn languages and answer your questions.   Questions such as:

  • 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 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?
  • etc.!

The workshop will also address questions about moving forward, such as in situations where parents might feel like raising their child multilingually has worked so far, but as that child is growing up into a teenager and young adult they have different questions about language and how it relates to identity, literacy, strategy, and more!

The workshops are interactive, fun, engaging and are designed for parents & educators who raise or teach children who grow up in a multilingual setting (pretty much all of us here in Western Switzerland!).

Interested in attending?   Come out in Geneva on 16 September at or try the workshop in Lausanne three days later on 19 September 2013.    Both workshops will start at 18:00 and will last a couple of hours.  Sign up through the organiser’s website.  Cannot make it out, buy one of Tracey’s books or another book related to multilingualism and expatriate life.