Every family raising bilingual children needs to have, at the very least, one family language plan. Ideally, they should start the planning process at the same time as they start all the other planning for baby preparations - during pregnancy. A family language plan is a longitudinal plan that follows a child from birth (or … Continue reading Family Language Plan: When and why?
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
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
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!
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
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?
February 21 is International Mother Language Day. Recognised by the United Nations as a day "to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world It is a day when all involved in multilingualism, whether personally or professionally, should stop and consider where they can make a difference. February 21 … Continue reading International Mother Language Day
As I have mentioned previously, I am working with Dr. Jane Spiro from Oxford Brookes university on a teacher-training based research project this year. We are halfway through the training year, and it's been both exciting and moving to see how the school and teachers are taking on-board the ideals behind the program of being … Continue reading Mother Tongue reading: A “Beyond EAL” project update