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Learning a Second or Third Language in the First Plane of Development

Gabrielle Kotkov


How can we best introduce a second or third language to a child under the age of six? Does bilingualism cause language delays? What are some ways that we can support children’s literacy skills in multiple languages? In this lecture, we’ll discuss different methods for raising bilingual children, Montessori language development principles to keep in mind when introducing additional languages, and ways to support children’s linguistic and cultural identities. We will also touch upon different models of bilingual education to be aware of when exploring schooling options.


Gabrielle Kotkov

Gabrielle Kotkov is the creator of the Multilingual Montessori website and Instagram and host of the Multilingual Montessori Podcast. She is an AMI- trained 3-6 Montessori Guide and a native of New York City. She trained at the Maria Montessori Institute in London, England, and has worked in Montessori schools in New York, London, and Austin, Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian from Vassar College and a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate from Teachers College Columbia University. She is a Fulbright Grant Alumni, during which she spent a year teaching English to Italian high schoolers in Catania, Sicily. Gabrielle is fluent in English and Italian, and also speaks French and a bit of Spanish. She currently works as a Montessori mentor and consultant and is earning a Masters in Child Studies from Linköping University in Sweden.

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