Culture

Diversity Through the Big Screen

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Chita Espino-Bravo explains how to use film to introduce diversity into advanced conversation classes Teaching an advanced Spanish conversation course at the university level can be challenging for many reasons, but for me, the biggest challenge was trying to find a...

Being Multilingual: Making My Dreams Come True

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I live in a multilingual universe, and this is how I imagine myself. This universe depends on being able to find the bonds and cross the bridges that connect us across our diversity. Language can divide us, but multilingualism helps us build the bridges to our united future. Because I...

An Act of Commitment, Generosity, and Mediation

Celebrated author John le Carré believes that anglophones need to learn a second language now more than ever    At the German embassy in London, UK, last month, during an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding teachers of the language, the renowned British author John le Carré, famous for spy novels like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which was made into a Hollywood blockbuster...

Creating Bilinguals from Monolingual Parents

A new study by University of Washington Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) researchers, published in Mind, Brain, and Education, investigates how babies can learn a second language outside of monolingual homes. “As researchers studying early language development, we often hear from parents who are eager to provide their children with an opportunity to learn another language but...