This is a review of the interesting articles, Tweets, 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!
Language Challenge 101 – Final Post
We finished our 101 days of Spanish language learning this week. Sniff, sniff. We had such a wonderful time!
But this isn’t the end of our Spanish language learning. No way! This is just the beginning.
Who is Bilingual?
And after you read that, check out the comments to the November 1st question on the Multilingual Living Facebook page: “Who is more multilingual – you, your spouse or your kids? Why?” Fascinating!
As always, please click on the little LIKE button if you like what you see happening at the Multilingual Living Facebook page – it gives us a big, giddy grin each time!
Bilingual Students Do Better… Or Do They?
What is the magic in a bilingual student doing as well or even better than monolingual peers in school? I have always believed that the answer comes from the quality and quantity of language exposure taking place in both home and school.
In terms of school success, the best thing we can do for our children is to keep speaking our languages with our children at home so that our children will experience a linguistically rich environment each and every day. This in turn will strengthen our children’s school language! Sounds like magic but it is true!
Here are two very interesting stories about bilinguals in education that came through this week:
Bilingual ed students outperform peers after 6th grade. “Students in bilingual education outperform their peers in English-only programs after the sixth grade, a San Jose State University professor said Thursday in El Paso.”
Fewer bilingual students pass TAKS – Some missing dominant language, educators say. “Instead of students coming into the school system speaking two languages, many students are exposed to two languages, but they don’t speak either one very well. They also often can’t read or write well in either language. They’re not truly bilingual.”
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