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Study reveals how bilinguals use emoticons to find consensus

UAlbany professor part of team looking at collaboration among astrophysicists in the United States and France Co-authors on the article are Cecilia R. Aragon and Nan-Chen Chen from the University of Washington and Judith F. Kroll from the University of California, Riverside. Naysayers like to cite the popularity of emoji and emoticons as yet more evidence of the erosion of language...

French President Launches New Bilingual Fund

French president Emmanuel Macron personally launched a new fund to support French-English bilingual programs in the U.S. on September 20 during his trip to New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly. Macron’s support of bilingual education has already been evidenced by his decision to “restore” bilingual classes in France. The fund, which is supported by corporations including...

Can Paraprofessionals Help Solve the Bilingual Teacher Shortage?

In 1992, Liliya Stefoglo came to America from Moldova and found work as a paraprofessional in Federal Way Public Schools in Washington State. As a speaker of English, Russian, and Ukrainian, three of the district’s top five languages, Stefoglo was a critical resource in a classroom with many...

Bilinguals Solve Math Differently Depending on the Language

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A recent study has found that bilinguals process arithmetic problems in different ways depending on which of their languages they are using. While it is largely accepted that humans possess at...

Bilingual Education on the Brink of Return in Boston

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved the LOOK (Language Opportunity for Our Kids) bill that would allow school systems to bring back bilingual education, potentially ending a 15-year-old ban on schools teaching students academic courses in their native language. The LOOK bill updates MGL Ch 71A English Language...

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...

Free Bilingual E-Books

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Moondrop Entertainment, the creator of Drawp for School educational software, and Infinity Insurance, sponsor of the award-winning Read Conmigo bilingual literacy program, are working together to provide digital versions of free Spanish and English bilingual books to elementary schools. The complete Read Conmigo library will be rolled out on the Drawp Resource Marketplace, a site for teachers to browse,...

Growing Bilingual Teacher Shortage in California

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A new report released by Californians Together shows that many school districts across the state are currently facing a growing bilingual teacher shortage, and that in the near term, there is a pool of at least 7,000 bilingual teachers who are well positioned to begin to address this shortage, and need to be supported with professional development. As more families...

Bilinguals May Recognize Voices Better

A new study in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition shows an advantage in bilingual children when determining voices of who is talking (talker-voice information). Countless studies have proven that there are many benefits, in both cognitive and social tasks, so the new findings...

Indian Bilinguals Humanizing Virtual Assistants

To improve the functionality of Cortana, its voice-powered virtual assistant, Microsoft is turning to bilinguals. Of specific interest is the practice of code switching—when speakers switch back and forth between multiple languages in a single sentence or conversation. Project Mélange, run by Microsoft researchers in India, is studying the...