Dr Susanne Dopke
Dr Susanne Dopke came to
Australia from Germany in 1983. She has a PhD in linguistics and a
professional MA in Speech Pathology.
During her academic career (University of Melbourne, Monash
University), Susanne specialised in language acquisition, bilingualism and
cross-cultural communication. Her PhD thesis asked what parents could do to
ensure that their child will become successful in speaking the home language.
Later she investigated structural features of normal bilingual development.
Since 1990, Susanne has been providing consultancy to families who
wish to raise their children bilingually.
Susanne has published two books and numerous articles on bilingual
development and bilingual education in the family.
As a speech pathologist, most of Susanne's work has been with
bilingual children and adults.
Susanne is involved in regular professional development for herself
and others. She gives talks to professionals working with bilingual clients
and is the convener of the Victorian Branch of the Multicultural Interest
Group of speech pathologists.
Susanne is the mother of
two bilingual children herself.
updated: July 24th, 2005