Firstly, I'd like to say that I think there should be more books for kids about being bilingual. I've had an idea in my head for years for a children's book, but it's still in my head... Bilingual books are important not only to help children achieve literacy in both languages, but also to help … Continue reading #IMLD: Books for kids
Way to go California - recognising that being a language learner lasts a lot longer than the 1-2 years support usually given. It's a first step in narrowing the gap between those-who-can in the school language and those-who-can't... now let's follow it up with Mother Tongue/first language teaching in schools, and models that promote positive … Continue reading California Puts More Attention on Long-Term English-Language Learners – Learning the Language – Education Week
Love, love, love this short article. It warms the cockles of my heart to hear about schools and districts where people are making strides in respecting and supporting the language journey of bilinguals. I especially love this bit: A school where every teacher is trained in ESL techniques, in a district where everyone from the … Continue reading Teaching ELLs: Arkansas Educator Shares His Approach to Language Instruction – Learning the Language – Education Week
This is a fantastic article about the two-sided nature of the bilingualism debate. "Desirable bilingualism" involves children who speak the host-country language and another, high-status language. These bilinguals are considered "lucky" to have two languages. On the other side, immigrants and refugee children who speak a lower-status language and are learning the host-country language are … Continue reading Why is bilingual education ‘good’ for rich kids but ‘bad’ for poor, immigrant students? – The Washington Post
So it happened, the moment every married person dreads... I forgot my anniversary! Thankfully, it was only my blog anniversary, so I only need be angry with myself. But to mark the milestone, even a few days late, here are some interesting facts: 1. What I blog about: Bilingualism/multilingualism 2. What my "specialization" is: child … Continue reading Three years of blogging about bilingualism!
DRONGO is for anyone who lives in, and wants to explore the modern multilingual world. Is my language a problem or a solution? Where can I find booklets, expertise, training, tests, schools, interpreters? At DRONGO you will find questions and answers, speakers and storytellers, and a lot of contact opportunities. For children and parents, students … Continue reading A final DRONGO call – Multilingualism in Amsterdam, this weekend!
To have another language is to possess a second soul. Charlemagne Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/charlemagn182029.html#trkFxkBroweWuwU0.99 As someone who has lived within the academic world since the age of five years old, I always feel like the beginning of September is the "New Year" for me. The last six months have been very busy for me, … Continue reading New Year, New Bilingualism Projects!
As we come to the end of the school year I've been reflecting on how much the school impacts successful bilingual development. Most schools are not "bilingual" schools, or "immersion" schools, or indeed any kind of language-based school model. Many schools believe that their only job is to ensure that all their pupils master the … Continue reading Five ways your school can support multilingualism
So as the rest of the country sits wide awake, glued to the Netherlands-Argentina game, I too am considering the position of Dutch in the world, but the language, not the football team. Don't feel sorry for me; I'd really rather think about language than watch the World Cup semi-finals... (small confession: the game is … Continue reading Let’s talk about Dutch Mother Tongue support (Hup! Hup! Holland!)
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