Multilingual Living’s Weekend Review

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This is a list of articles, Tweets, Facebook posts and links that we think you might enjoy this weekend. 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!

The Newsletter is Alive Again!

After a few weeks of rest, the Multilingual Living Newsletter went out again this past week. If you missed it, you can read it here. Make sure to sign up for the Multilingual Living Email list so that the newsletters will arrive in your very own inbox right on time!

Biliteracy Abounds

In case you haven’t kept up on things on the Multilingual Living website, we have been focusing on biliteracy these past few weeks. You can read a list of excerpts from Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family and then partake in our list of posts all about helping bilingual children learn to read and write in their languages. It has been a blast so far! Stay tune for more posts about this topic!

When Does School Start?

For many children, the summer is over. School has begun (or is just about to begin) at least in the northern hemisphere. Can you believe it? Where did the summer go!? It is interesting to learn that school doesn’t start in the same month in every country and city. Here is what you told us about when your children head back to school (or already started):

Make sure to head over to the Multilingual Living Facebook page to add your own comment! And while there, make sure to click on the LIKE button to let the world know that you like living multilingually!

Weekend Links

Here is a list of some interesting links that you might enjoy as much as I have:

  • Inwood artist turns local laundermat into English as a second language classroom: “For these English classes, students had better break out the soap and fabric softener and start hunting for quarters. Inwood artist Hector Canonge is taking over his local laundermat and turning it into a classroom for immigrant neighbors.”
  • Language and Linguistics – A Special Report: “This special report touches on nearly all of these areas by answering questions such as: How does language develop and change? Can the language apparatus be “seen” in the brain? Does it matter if a language disappears? What exactly is a dialect? How can sign language help us to understand languages in general? Answers to these and other questions have implications for neuroscience, psychology, sociology, biology and more.”
  • Kids are learning computer skills before life skills: “…today’s kids are learning computer skills before life skills. Does this matter? Does this behaviour give parents new challenges, or is this just a new set of issues for them to be aware of as they bring children up in today’s world.”
  • Life as a Bilingual – The reality of living with two (or more) languages.  “Two recent studies appear to show, in fact, that elderly bilinguals do better than their monolingual counterparts.”
  • Say What? Meet 10 Bilingual Stars! “Bradley Cooper aces French! Mila Kunis speaks Russian! See the other languages the stars have mastered.”
  • The best thing to do with bilingual books? Read Them Out Loud: “With bilingual children in particular, how we read a story out loud is essential. It can be the bridge that a child needs to truly understand the storyline and to pick up key vocabulary. Just because a story is in a target language doesn’t mean that children will understand it or enjoy listening to it. It is our job to bring the story to life through different voices, varied intonation and changes in speed. Even a slow, calm story can be read in such a way to help children become captivated.”
  • Language Acquisition: An Overview: “Researchers define language acquisition into two categories: first-language acquisition and second-language acquisition. First-language acquisition is a universal process regardless of home language. Babies listen to the sounds around them, begin to imitate them, and eventually start producing words. Second-language acquisition assumes knowledge in a first language and encompasses the process an individual goes through as he or she learns the elements of a new language, such as vocabulary, phonological components, grammatical structures, and writing systems. “
  • Bilingualism appears to boost young children’s mental abilities, study reports: Our study showed that bilingualism in young children strengthens what is known as executive attention, which helps orient individuals in the sea of information coming in,” said Sujin Yang, Ph.D. ’07, lead author and now a professor at Tyndale University College in Canada. “It helps them know what to pay attention to, what to ignore and what action to take.”

Are Multilingual Children Musical? Yes!

My children play violin and piano but I was curious as to what other children around the world play. What a fantastic list of answers you provided! Below is a small subset of what appeared on the Multilingual Living Facebook page:

Head over to the Multilingual Living Facebook post to read the rest of the fantastic answers! What an amazing group of talent we have in our multilingual midst!

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!

Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine. Multilingual Living is the place where she shares her knowledge about raising multilingual and multicultural children. Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 14, 12 and 10, in German and English.

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