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Rapping Bilingualism ’round the Nation

Kristal Bivona interviews GueroLoco — a bilingual rapper, activist, inspirational speaker who’s winning over the country with his words GueroLoco wears many hats: he’s an award-winning hip-hop en español artist, an activist for immigrant rights and language rights, and an inspirational speaker for students and teachers. He united his passions for music and for bilingualism in his project Bilingual Nation...

Research Examines the Economic Benefits of Bilingualism

Ingrid T. Colón gathers the financial evidence to support multilingualism "fluent bilinguals earned more than $5,400 annually than their monolingual peers" Helping students retain and strengthen their home language affords them many cognitive, social and even health benefits. Research shows that multilingualism can...

The Bilingual Teacher Shortage: A Vicious Cycle

Allison Briceño, Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, and Claudia Rodríguez-Mojica present reasons and suggest solutions for the chronic shortage of Spanish/English educators in California It is an exciting time for bilingual education in California due to changing political tides and recent research. Proposition 58, which passed in November 2016 with 73% voter approval,...

Bilingual Children Adapt to Others’ Needs Better

Bilingual children adapt to the needs of their communication partners better than monolingual children, according to a study published in Child Development, because children growing up bilingually have to manage challenging communication situations more often and deal with the differing communication styles of their parents. Developmental psychologists at the University of Zurich...

Beginning Bilingual

Approaches to training dual-language preschool teachers in California For the first time, this fiscal year the California Department of Education awarded $5 million through the Dual Language Learners Professional Development Grant to six organizations to train preschool teachers who work with dual-language learners. Here’s a brief summary of the...

Head Start & Framing Bilingualism as an Asset

Aaron Loewenberg highlights some of the ways Head Start is adapting to serve young dual language learners across the country It is no secret that the U.S. is undergoing a demographic shift. Students of color are now a majority of kindergarten students and...

Bilingual Babies Focus Better

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According to new research published in Developmental Science and carried out at Canada’s York University, babies who hear two languages at home develop advantages in attention. In the study, infants who were exposed to more than one language showed better attentional control than infants who were exposed to only one language. This means that exposure to bilingual environments should...

Big Apple Goes Bilingual

 NYC Launches 47 New, Free Pre-K Dual-Language Programs "More New York City kids will get an early start on becoming multilingual, multicultural, and ready to succeed in our diverse world.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A....

Bilingualism No Problem for Children with Down Syndrome

Children with Down syndrome can and do become bilingual. Initial findings of a research study at Bangor University suggest that speaking two languages is not in any way detrimental to the language development of children with Down syndrome. Bangor University is working with the Down’s Syndrome Association in Wales to examine language...

Bilingual Teachers

For the past 20 years, Jeffco Schools, Colorado, has been dedicated to offering excellent Dual Language Education Programs.   We are seeking bilingual teachers to be a part of our Dual Language team, K-12.  We have One-Way and Two-Way program models plus Spanish Language Arts and Heritage Spanish courses at the secondary level.  We offer competitive salaries.