Why Bilingualism?

6 Strategies to Elevate the Status of Bilingualism

The Status of English I stayed at home with my daughter for the first five years of her life, largely because I wanted to ensure that she would speak our mother tongue, Tamil.  I feared that sending her to daycare would introduce her to English way too early.  Nevertheless, once she started school, even when […]

The Intersection of Race and Language in Bilingual Education

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.

Some People Still Argue for Assimilation: Why This is Still Wrong

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 […]

Co-teaching vs. Pull-Out ESOL Services for Emergent Bilinguals

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 […]

7 Ways to Use Multilingualism to Enhance Your Cognitive Reserve

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 […]

Multilingualism, The Brain, and Preventing Dementia

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 […]

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