Although US-based, this article points out the same issues that teacher-training programs in Europe present - a lack of training, either complete or adequate, for supporting the needs of language learners in mainstream classrooms. It's such a wide-spread problem, and so little, institutionally speaking, is being done to address it in a consistent manner. Our … Continue reading Most Teacher Preparation Falls Short on Strategies for ELLs, NCTQ Finds – Learning the Language – Education Week
It may seem a bit precocious to be announcing a festival upcoming in September, but it is never too early to mark it on your calendar! Last year's DRONGO, the second edition, was a roaring success, with over 7,000 visitors over the day. This year's promises to be bigger and better! I am once again … Continue reading It’s DRONGO time again! Join us for a day of multilingual delights (Sept. 27)
This topic came to me through a seminar attendee, and it is a question being posed by more and more families, as the rates of international adoption rise. Children adopted from "abroad" arrive in their new homes speaking a different language, and have a great need to learn their new language quickly, in order to … Continue reading Adoption and Language Issues: Should our children be bilingual?
On May 18, the European School Bergen is hosting their annual "Euromarkt". For those of you lucky enough to live within reach, it will be a day spent in multilingual activity and enjoyment. The school parents' committee hosts the event, and different country groups provide entertainment, food and fun. There will be a multilingual book … Continue reading Euromarkt: Come and meet multilingual Europe (and a little bit of the world…)
I get asked, a lot, to name some "negative" aspects of bilingualism. This happens in casual conversation, in seminars, in training sessions and in almost every situation where I am talking about the positive aspects of bilingualism. My standard answer is that there are no negative consequences when bilingualism is successful. That is not to … Continue reading Beware of bilingualism…
The question of reading - who reads what and in what language? is a common one in bilingual families. Should each parent only read books in their own language? Is it okay to read books in the other language? What if your accent is terrible? What if you only want to read in *your* language … Continue reading “A” is for airplane. But “V” is for vliegtuig… the beauty of bilingual resources from Diglot Books
Back by popular demand, the "Raising Bilingual Children: Six building blocks for success" seminar is being offered in Amsterdam, March 31, 2014. This seminar offers an overview of the theory of bilingualism/multilingualism, in an accessible and interesting lecture. We then move into the practicalities of raising children with more than one language: ways and means, … Continue reading Amsterdam Seminar: Raising Bilingual Children: Six building-blocks for success
I was reading some online information about the recent local elections, to see what the different parties were campaigning about this time. I was reading it in English, because I am lazy that way... I came across a couple of references to special preschools for children with a "language deficiency". Hm, I thought. I wonder … Continue reading Changing the language about language
This is a great study that shows that offering children education in their two languages (in this case Spanish and English) is as effective, if not more effective at helping them achieve "native speaker" results in English language testing. Yes, that's right - bilingual education does not mean poor English skills and better Spanish skills. … Continue reading San Francisco’s Bilingual Programs as Effective as English Only, Study Finds – Learning the Language – Education Week
The very first report card my 3.5-year old twins brought home from school was a bit of a shock. They got a "B-" in "knows body parts". Really? My kids don't know their body parts? I felt like such a failure as a mother - after all, my oldest daughter certainly knew *her* body parts … Continue reading Do your kids know their body parts?