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Meet Simona Montanari, PhD

I am Simona Montanari. I have a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California. I am now professor of Language Development and Second Language Acquisition in Childhood at California State University Los Angeles. My passion has always been multilingualism, multiculturalism, and especially looking at how children acquire multiple languages in childhood. I have published extensively in this area and I usually also offer workshops on how to raise bilingual children and offer advice for all parents interested in raising their children with multiple languages. I have two daughters, ages six and seven and they are trilingual and triliterate in Spanish, Italian and English and my hobby is horseback riding. -
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Simona Montanari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on language development and second language acquisition in childhood. She received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Southern California specializing in language development in monolingual and multilingual children. Dr. Montanari has published her research in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and she is regularly invited to present on early bilingualism and trilingualism locally and internationally. Dr. Montanari has also been involved in the creation and implementation of an Italian-English dual language program in the Glendale Unified School District, for which she continues to work as a consultant. Dr. Montanari has two trilingual and tri-literate daughters, six and seven years of age.

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