Multilingual Living Newsletter – May 17

Multilingual Living
Weekly Newsletter
May 17, 2011
Dear Multilingual Living Friends, 

Thank you everyone for your many emails in response to last week’s newsletter which discussed the role that our home languages play in our children’s educations.

Your comments, excitement and questions were fantastic! I will definitely want to write a post about this for the website in the future. There is so much great research out there but often it doesn’t make it into the hands of those who need it most: parents raising multilingual children. As you already know, our goal at Multilingual Living is to do what we can to help mitigate that.

What do you think of this new email newsletter format? We are giving this a trial run to see how people like it. If you enjoy this format, then we just might stick with it each week. My main fustration is how different it looks in different email programs. How does it look in yours? Let me know!

Hope you have another fantastic week of inspired multilingualism!

Corey Heller
Founder, Multilingual Living

Home languages & school success

After our last newsletter went out, even more articles and videos came our way about language and education. It is amazing how many are out there supporting exactly what we are doing at home with our children: comfortably speaking our languages!

Head over to this week’s Week in Review to see a few of them as well as two very inspiring videos! Here are some titles to whet your appetite:

  • Dual-language immersion targets both immigrant and native-born students
  • Facts and Tips – Young Dual Language Learners (Birth through 5 years)
  • Meeting the Home Language Mandate – Practical Strategies for All Classrooms
  • Message for Parents of ELLs: Success in English Starts with Supporting the Home Language!

CLICK HERE to find the links to each of the articles above!

Language Lovers 2011 Contest

Thank you everyone who nominated Multilingual Living for the Language Lovers 2011 Contest! It is such an honor to be among the long list of fantastic entries! Now the fun really begins: it’s time to vote for your favorite. CLICK HERE to cast your vote. We’d be delighted if you voted for Multilingual Living but any of the entries would be worthy

Worried about your accent?

There is nothing more heartbreaking than a child who feels embarrassed about his accent. Read Madalena’s advice in How Can I Help an ELL Child Feel Comfortable with His Culture & Accent? Do you have any additional tips and suggestions to add to Madalena’s list?

Latest forum discussions…

Here are some of the latest discussions taking place on the Multilingual Living Forum:

M is for …

You think you know what this week’s ABCs of Multilingual Parenting word is? I don’t think you could have guessed it in a million years! Check out the post to find out if you are M-word worthy – and then add your own M-word in the comments!

In the post you will find out why I don’t think children are passive language sponges but instead are active language carnivores. It is our job to give them all the language nourishment they can eat!

Postcards connecting the world

Did you see the fantastic postcard exchange website that we listed on the Multilingual Living Facebook page? I keep hearing rave reviews about it. If you are on Facebook, CLICK HERE for the direct link to the post. Or just head over to the main Multilingual Living Facebook page and check it out there!

10 Reasons to Marry a Foreigner

Although the post has been out for a while, there was a big surge of interest in 10 Reasons Why You Should Marry a Foreigner (Like I Did) this week. The comments to the post are the best part! Make sure to add your own while you are there – would love to know what your reasons are!

Children speak about their languages

You simply have to head over to the second page of our Week in Review post to see the amazing video from the Marymount International School in Rome. It shows children explaining in their own words how their home languages help them in school. FANTASTIC

Thank You!

I want to thank everyone who sent out the information about my Raising Bilingual Children seminar at Bellevue College! As always, the group of people who attended were motivating and inspirational. It is always an honor to have the opportunity to meet you in person and to have in-depth dialogs about what it takes to raise healthy, happy, vibrant bilingual and multilingual children.

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