Education in the mother language is an essential part of achieving these goals – to facilitate learning and to bolster skills in reading, writing and mathematics,” she added, noting that taking this forward will require a sharper focus on teaching training, revisions of academic programmes and the creation of suitable learning environments. Yes, yes and … Continue reading United Nations News Centre – On Mother Language Day, UN spotlights role of native tongue in education
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” ― Nelson Mandela I've been really excited to write this post for the International Mother Language Day campaign, because this topic is at the heart … Continue reading Supporting Mother Tongue (everyone’s!) at school
I wrote this post at the end of the school year last year, the first year my children attended a European School. As both a professional in the field of bilingualism and as a parent of bilingual children, it was a year of reflection and growth for me in my understandings of a truly … Continue reading #IMLD: Supporting languages at school
Join us in celebrating all our languages with a month of events/posts/ promotions leading up to "International Mother Language Day" on February 21, 2015 (Fathers, your language is included too!). Onraisingbilingualchildren will have special posts on February 12 and 19 on supporting Mother Tongue at home and at school. Please share links using the #IMLD … Continue reading International Mother Language Day 2015 – #IMLD campaign
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
A Very Multilingual Caterpillar! It was a fantastic, fantastic day. At least in the Children's Library, where I spent my day (next year I must make it upstairs to have some language fun myself...)! We saw "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" read live in no less than 15 languages, including a "World Premiere" of author Adriaan … Continue reading The DRONGO has flown….
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