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Bilingual Education

Bilingualism a Key to Addressing Changing Workforce

Douglas D. Baker | Posted 11.06.2015 | Education
Douglas D. Baker

Universities looking to ensure their students have the skills to succeed in a 21st century workforce should take a look at their foreign language departments as one means of accomplishing this objective.

Multilingualism Is a National Asset, Not a Personal Shame

Jack Jennings | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The ability to speak other languages is sorely needed for our national security and economic success. Yet, speaking another language is viewed unfavorably by many Americans who fear a weakening of our national character. Consequently, this unique strength is daily losing its vitality.

Why You Should Consider Bilingual Education

Metro | Posted 09.26.2015 | Education

This school year, New York City is expanding its own language-immersion programs to 40 additional schools, which means the Big Apple now has about 150 bilingual public schools.

7 Ways Media and Tech Can Help You Raise Bilingual Kids

Common Sense Media | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

When learning a second language, it's important to hear, read, and speak it as often as possible. If you can, visit a Spanish-speaking country to immerse your whole family in the language and culture. Here are some tips to support you and your kids as you navigate the experience of living between two languages and cultures.

The Unknown Struggles Of A Bilingual Student

Patricia Sanchez | Posted 09.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Patricia Sanchez

I had two worlds growing up and they seemed never to cross. It was difficult to balance both worlds and at times it felt like it would consume me. It would have been easier for me to fall into the usual life of a dead end job and stay with only a high school education, but I wanted more than that.

Why I Encourage My Kids to Question Everything

Mandy Stewart, Ph. D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Mandy Stewart, Ph. D.

My 4-year-old bilingual feminist was ready to take on the 12,000-year-old "lengua española" in full force. Why should the presence of just one boy make her change the word she uses for friends?

Students Should Retain Their Bilingual Heritage for Its Economic Value

Rebecca Callahan | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Rebecca Callahan

The reality is that these parents who sign up their kids for dual-language kindergarten are onto something.

One Family, Two Dads, Three Languages

Jason Howe | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

"No quere ... dormir," mumbles Olivia as her breathing deepens and her eyes finally stay shut. She means "no quiero dormir," "I don't want to sleep" in Spanish, but her conjugations haven't quite come in yet. I don't care. It's been an hour and a half, she's finally asleep in any language, and I tiptoe out.

Preparing Students for College Begins Earlier Than Most Parents Expect

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Education
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

Educators must recognize each step in a child's educational journey leads to college readiness - not just the final few. The graduating class of 2027 is preparing right now.

The Language of Community: Student-Centered Bilingual Education in Rural Mexico

Chi Anunwa | Posted 08.06.2014 | Education
Chi Anunwa

In addition to the scholastic benefits, bilingual education helps children to maintain pride in their cultural heritage and linguistic background.

Why Knowing Another Language Makes You More Creative

Psychology Today | Joseph Cardillo | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

Personally, I love the sounds and musicality of all languages. I was raised in a bi-lingual household. I spoke English outside the home when I was wit...

A Call for Greater Foreign Language Education in the U.S.

Jennie Shulkin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Jennie Shulkin

I cannot help but wonder how so many people from around the world speak at least their native tongue, English, and maybe more, while most Americans only speak English.

The Fight For Bilingual Education Programs In The U.S.

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Latino Voices

Anyone who felt the ice was thinning regarding the controversial nature of bilingualism education took it on the chin after the fallout from Coke’s ...

Can Learning a New Language Boost Your Creativity?

Zack Simon | Posted 05.20.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

Did Hemmingway's foreign language abilities help him write books like The Sun Also Rises and win a Nobel Prize in literature? Research suggests it certainly didn't hurt. Creativity, though, is ultimately what you make of it.

The Power of Global Learning: Making the Foreign Familiar

Angela Jackson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Angela Jackson

How can you hear about or even care about a global economy when your world exists in a five-block radius?

This State May Overturn Its Bilingual Education Ban

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.24.2014 | Latino Voices

A law banning most bilingual education in California schools may be overturned by a new bill, restoring efforts to address language barriers in a stat...

In Defense of French

Zack Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

While political leaders in some U.S. states continue to bicker about whether creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science classes, 61 percent of children in Europe are currently learning two or more languages in school.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid To Speak Spanish In School

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 12.12.2013 | Latino Voices

If you’re a Spanish speaking student the ACLU has a message for you: You shouldn’t be afraid to speak Spanish in school. A Texas middle school pr...

Second Language Acquisition By The Numbers (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 12.06.2013 | Parents

Mounting evidence suggests that learning a second language can be the key to a student's success, supporting everything form increased cognitive funct...

Dual-Language Learning For All Students Is Visionary

Tucson Citizen | Posted 12.03.2013 | Latino Voices

Being visionary didn’t work for Arizona. Being reactionary was a bust, too. It’s time to apply some hard-nosed realism to the fact that our sch...

The Downside Of Bilingualism?

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel | Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 11.11.2013 | Latino Voices

Activist and educator Matthew Lynch recently asked if language barriers are the “new segregation.” He challenged readers of an Education Week blog...

Of Arianna, Languages, and Cultural Understanding

Michael Elchik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michael Elchik

For those of us beyond our school years, exposure can occur anytime, anywhere and in a variety of different ways from reading a news article to following a Twitter stream to practicing a language to visiting a foreign country.

I Speak, Therefore I Am

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Arzu Kaya Uranli

When I had my children, I promised myself I would raise them to be bilingual so they would not feel like immigrants in the U.S,, while at the same time, not feel like tourists in Turkey.

Should Bi-Lingual Learning be Required?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.22.2013 | Impact
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

This generation of K-12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. Foreign language requirements have long been a core requir...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Benefits Of Bilingual Education

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 10.05.2013 | Latino Voices

Hispanic Heritage Month provides the perfect opportunity to explore how bilingual education positively or negatively affect our children. Despite s...