Multilingual Living’s Week in Review -June 27

by Corey · 2 comments

This is a review of the interesting articles, Twitters, Facebook posts and more which took place this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe. Thank you everyone for sharing your tips with me! Keep them coming!

Home Languages STRENGTHEN school languages!

Perhaps the world is finally coming to realize what researchers and families have known for a long time: strengthening your home language with your children = strengthening your child’s school language!

  • Here is a great article just about this topic titled “Using Spanish to Build English Skills” .  Here families are encouraged to strengthen their home language use as “literacy in home language gives extra strength to development in English.”

Teaching Languages vs Living Languages

For some reason, we seem to think that our children can only learn our language if we “teach” it to them.  This is exactly the wrong approach to raising multilingual children!  The last thing our children need are language lessons from us.  What we need to do is to LIVE the language for them: use it in context, share words and sentences and experiences with them, include them in our very own language joy!  What follows are some great articles for educators from which all of us can benefit:

Is Bilingualism the Key to Language Survival?

Some interesting articles came out today focused on recent studies which argue that bilingualism may be the key to helping languages survive! Instead of watching dominant languages overtake and kill off smaller, less utilized languages, perhaps there is a way for all to coexist in peaceful harmony.

Interesting Tidbits

Here are some interesting links that you might want to check out as parents of multilingual children.  I found them interesting, fascinating and down-right neat:

In case you missed it this week: CLICK HERE and go to the bottom of the page to listen to a radio interview with me from a few years ago (when Multilingual Living Magazine was just getting started).

Have some interesting stories, tips, Tweets or comments to share?  You can find Multilingual Living on Facebook, Twitter or send an email! We ALWAYS love to hear from YOU!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Monica June 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Thank you, Corey, for mentioning me and my little blog!
If anyone finds it half as helpful as I do ML, I’ll be thrilled.
Un abrazo!


2 Corey June 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm

So glad to have found you and your blog, Monica! There is nothing more exciting for a bilingual homeschooling mom than to find others out there (as I’m sure you know) – and those who blog about it too! Woohoo! There are a few of us… we should get a list together and post it on our blogs. 🙂


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