Multilingual Living’s Week in Review: Nov 6th

by Corey · 4 comments

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.

Watch our final Language Challenge 101 video diary and read our final post.  And stay tuned for our next phase – I think you will be inspired to join us for our next level of language learning!

Who is Bilingual?

For a wonderful post about how to define bilingualism, read Who is Bilingual? at Prof. Grosjean’s blog on Psychology Today.  You might be surprised what he has to say about this matter.

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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1 Andrew November 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

Very nice summary, good to see things are coming along so well. Did you get my e-mail, by the way (I only ask because it’s been a while since I sent it)?



2 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Thank you for the feedback, Andrew! Sorry for not getting back to your email – I am so backlogged right now in email replies. I hope to get to those very, very soon!


3 Andrew November 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm

lol, I see that (I notice you’re replying to comments from like a month ago now), my sympathies and best of luck to you, thank you for getting back to me (on the comments and the e-mail), I really do appreciate that.



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