But unless we can recognize the intersection of race and language, recognize the underlying racism that causes opponents to fight against Dual Language Education, and call out the racism, we will never adequately address the issues that keep children with home languages other than English from having the opportunity to maintain their linguistic identities.
Whenever I talk about Dual Language Education, I always find well-meaning individuals, (at least, I hope that they are well meaning), who have to tell me how their grandparents gave up their European language(s) in order to become more “American,” and how our students, too, should assimilate. I often wonder if these well-meaning people have […]
Low-Incidence Languages What happens when you do not have enough students who speak the same language at home to provide Dual Language to your Emergent Bilinguals? You have to consider providing students what is known as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services. ESOL services may be Pull-Out or Push-In. Pull-Out services are when […]
Last week, we reviewed the literature that active multilingualism improves our cognitive reserves and thus, has the potential to postpone or even help us avoid dementia; however, this research means nothing if we do not take action in our own lives. Here are a seven ways we can use the research on multilingualism and the […]
We already know that learning another language has many benefits but perhaps one of the most fascinating of these benefits is the ability to have a healthier brain. We have long known that bilinguals show signs of dementia 3-5 years later than monolinguals even when they are both at the same stage of Alzheimer’s. This […]
If you are in education, you have heard the term “achievement gap” in reference to score differentials amongst groups of students. These “groups of students” are determined by their race, linguistic background, disability status, and socioeconomic background. For instance, you will have heard people make comments such as, “There is a large achievement gap between […]
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