This is a review of the articles, Tweets, Facebook posts and more which went out this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe. Thank you everyone for sharing your tips, tweets, emails and more with me! Were it not for you, this post wouldn’t even be here!
Let the Biliteracy Begin!
Learning to read is such a wonderful experience for a child. It opens up a whole new world of magical expansiveness. The key to helping our children learn to read, in any number of languages, is to help them find this magical world through words. The nuts-and-bolts process of learning the sounds of letters and learning to pronounce words should come with wonder and awe, not embarrassment and frustration. For us parents, the goal is to help our children want to learn to read in our language so that they too can uncover the magical worlds hidden within the words, sentences and books in our language(s).
To help you through this process, Multilingual Living is delighted to share posts about how to support our bilingual children in their journey to become biliterate. We are honored to have the opportunity to share excerpts from a book about this topic: Reading and Writing in the Multilingual Family. We hope that our posts will give you the encouragement and guidelines on how to go about this wonderful process. Stay tuned to our posts each week and before you know it, your children will be reading up a storm!
You will also enjoy a post at Language Lizard’s Blog titled, Keep Literacy Alive for Bilingual Children During the Summer. It complements exactly our efforts to encourage biliteracy!
Women Are Kicking It!
Have you been watching the 2011 Women’s World Cup? If you aren’t, then you should be, especially if you have a young daughter! The Women’s World Cup is going on right now and is has been fantastic so far! My family and I have been watching with full attention and admiration as women around the world show their strength, skill and camaraderie. As far as I am concerned, it is less about winning a competition and more about women participating fully in the opportunities that are available to them. I can see the excitement in my daughters eyes as she watches these women play soccer with power and skill. Move aside Barbie. Girls around the world are turning to real, live, inspirational women of substance for their role models!
How Do You Describe the Weather?
Ok, I’ll admit it, I ask questions on the Multilingual Living facebook wall because I simply adore the answers that come! See the first few answers that came to the following question and then head to the question itself to read all 47 answers and to add your own! Talk about multilingualism in action! Multilingual Living friends are truly citizens of the world!
Do You Really Know Who You Are?
Do you feel like you belong to more than one culture? Or did you grow up with more than one culture but identify almost completely with just one of them? Read this post by Prof. Grosjean titled Who Am I? – The identity quest of bicultural bilinguals and see if you fit into any of the examples that he portrays. As he says, the process of identifying with our cultures is often a rockier road than it may seem from the outside!
A Room of Their Own?
After a conversation with Maria, I asked Multilingual Living Facebook friends whether their children had rooms of their own or shared a room. The answers were very, very interesting! Read what some people had to say and then go to the question yourself to read all of the answers and leave your own!
In the Forum
Here are discussions with the latest comments in the Multilingual Living Forum:
- Norwegian, English …and Spanish? (Non-native English speaking Mum studying Spanish)
- Help with OPOL or OPOL alternatives
- Greek Children on Bainbridge?
- Hei / Hi 🙂
- Trilingual Children with 1 language Parents?
- My struggle with choosing between Chinese and English and raising trilingual children. Please advise!
- Raising a Trilingual Child
Ah, to Be 15 Again
Who were your favorite bands and singers when you were 15 years old? I loved each and every answer to this question! Find out what others around the world were listening to when they were 15 – perhaps some of these bands made you go wild too when you were young?
Head over the to Multilingual Living Facebook wall and check out all of the answers to this fun question. Don’t worry, as you will see, you weren’t the only one in love with a group of silly-dressed singers – a bunch of us admit our crazy infatuations too!
News, Stories, and More…
The following are news reports, research, stories and more that came my way via Twitter this week:
- London Libraries Ban Non-English Media: “The London borough of Newham has decided to remove all of its foreign language newspapers and magazines from its libraries. The controversial decision was made by Sir Robin Wales, long-running Labour Party Mayor of Newham, to encourage the use of English in one of the most culturally diverse London boroughs.”
- The importance of mother tongue-based schooling for educational quality: “There are large differences in grades between different ethnic groups. Immigrant students often have lower grades, while girls of Swedish ethnic background usually have the best grades in school, says Dr. Pia Nygård-Larsson from University College in Malmo. Larsson has recently defended her doctoral dissertation about text and language at biology and science classes in high schools.”
- UCSF Medical Students Create Free Medical Translation App, Conquering Language Barriers to Patient Care: “What started as a 2 a.m. conversation over coffee – a commiseration, really – between two fourth-year medical students, ended with the development of a free mobile medical translation application with the potential to profoundly impact patient care worldwide.”
- Learning languages: To speak only English is to narrow your horizon: “For many in the UK, English is their first and only language. On grounds of functionality, why would they want to get their heads around the grammar, vocabulary and literature of foreigners?”
- The Cambridge University Press ESU New Writing Award: “Have you developed an innovation and engaging way to assess your learners’ progress as they learn English? Have you successfully used this material in your classroom? Win the chance to write for Cambridge University along with a cash prize!”
- Identifying English Learners for Gifted and Talented Education: “Giftedness is not elitist. It cuts across all socioeconomic groups. Let me tell you about some of the kids who were Hmong AND gifted, poor AND gifted, non-English speakers AND gifted….”
- Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Māori / Celebrate Māori Language Week: “Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) have chosen “Manaakitanga” as the theme for Māori Language Week 2011.” “‘Our key message is about promoting Māori language use in communities and homes. In keeping with our recent choices for Māori language week themes we’ve selected another activity-based concept to further emphasise this message’, says Glenis Philip-Barbara.”
- The Language of the Land: “A people’s quest to save Lushootseed, the original language of Puget Sound.”
Do you have any tips, suggestions or information that you would like to share with us at Multilingual Living? Join me on Twitter, get into the conversation on the Multilingual Living Facebook page, and send me an email whenever you’d like to connect. I always enjoy connecting with other bilingual and multilingual families!