This is a great outline of how administrators and senior leadership are key in setting a school up to provide the best support system for children who do not speak the school language. For those who don't want to read the whole article. here are the points: 1. Set a vision for high expectations 2. … Continue reading Six Things Principals Can Do To Support Their English Language Learners | Education Northwest
“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
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
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!
Yesterday, we held a seminar for parents at the primary school we are using as our pilot school for the EAL training project. The point of the seminar was to help parents understand the process of becoming bilingual through school, and how they can best help their children through the process. At the end, one … Continue reading “I thought you were going to tell us why English was more important!”
So, November is well upon us, and I can see that my "Year of Talking about Bilingualism" is drawing to a close. One of the last big events for me this year is the closing conference of the "Poliglotti4.eu" project. This EU project has focused on the state of multilingualism in Europe, from different aspects. … Continue reading Talking about Bilingualism in Parma…
Tired, tired, tired... seriously more brain work in three days than in the last three months (maybe even more). 1. Issues in Bilingualism: Bilinguals have better "Executive Control", ergo, bilinguals are better at multi-tasking... (my own extrapolation). 2. Bilingual Education in Wales: Today's topic was language use in schools. Question: Should teachers (or can teachers) … Continue reading Bilingualism Boot Camp: Day 3
Over the last half of my career, I have had a duel-existence. By profession, originally, I was a teacher of English as a second or foreign Language, and when doing my graduate work I specialized in bilingualism and teacher-training. In both sides of my career, there is a myth that is prevalent and detrimental to … Continue reading Talking to Native Speakers… or not.
I've been unfortunately tied up with my "day job" these last weeks, and haven't had the time I wanted to dedicate to relating some of what we discussed at the Expert Seminar on Early Language Learning in Friesland. I'd like to pick up the thread now with some thoughts on teacher-training. The reason I was … Continue reading More talking about bilingualism in Friesland….