Tag: bilingual

Putting the Benefits of Bilingualism into Practice

The National Science Foundation's Partnerships in International Research and Education (NSF PIRE) has awarded a $5 million dollar grant over five years to help translate the scientific benefits of language learning from the lab to the classroom. Research has shown that speaking two or more languages makes minds more open to learning and more flexible, so now's the time...

The Rising Demand for Bilingual Teachers

Schools are struggling to provide quality education to an increasing number of students who don't speak English. In the last 25 years, the amount of English language learners (ELLs) in the U.S. has risen from 5% of all public school K-12 students to more than 10%. The majority of these ELLs speak Spanish, leading to a country-wide increase in...

Foreign Language Requirements Lead to Multilingualism

Comparative study of U.S. and Europe shows correlation between language requirements and multilingualismA Pew Research Center study on foreign language education in the U.S. compared to Europe points out that while the U.S. has no foreign language requirement mandated by the federal government, most European countries require that young pupils begin learning a second, and in many cases a...

1st Bilingual Education Fair of Los Angeles is May 3rd

Language Magazine is sponsoring Los Angeles’ first Bilingual Education Fair to be held on May 3rd at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus. Organized by French Morning, with the support of the French  Embassy, the event provides the opportunity for up to a thousand parents of potential students to learn more about dual-language education. Editor Daniel Ward will be on...

Calling all bilingual college students! Your chance to address the United Nations!

MANY LANGUAGES, ONE WORLD 2015 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth ForumSeventy students will be selected as delegates to the 2015 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum where they will create plans of action related to the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The students will present these plans of action at United Nations Headquarters in New York...

Canada Calls for Bilingual Tweeting

Canada's Foreign Minister under fire for favoring English on social media.Canada’s chien de garde des langues officielles, or language watchdog, Graham Fraser, is investigating the Twitter account of Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. The investigation seeks to determine if Baird’s tweets preserve the “spirit” of the Official Languages Act of 1969 that makes both French and English official languages....

Was Jesus Bilingual?

Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have entered into a debate regarding the language spoken by Jesus Christ.Several languages were spoken in the places where Jesus is said to have lived – the basis for a momentary disagreement between the Pontiff and Netanyahu last month.On the last day of his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis...

CA Senate Committee Recommends Restoring Bilingual Education

California’s Senate Education Committee has recommended that the state’s voters be asked to repeal Proposition 227, the 1998 initiative requiring public school instruction in English. The California Ed.G.E. (Education for a Global Economy) Initiative (Language Magazine, April 2014), authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) advanced out of the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 7 to 0....

Celebrate First Bilingual Literacy Month

Read Conmigo, the bilingual literacy campaign for children sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, has declared the first annual Bilingual Literacy Month this May. As the first celebration of its kind, Bilingual Literacy Month aims to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of raising bilingual kids.More...

Louisiana Debates Bilingual Education as a Right

Lawmakers in Louisiana are pushing to make language immersion a right.“Every kid should have the right of a bilingual education,” said Rep. Stephen Ortego (D) of Carenco. “It’s not fair it’s the luck of the draw if you get in. We would be the first to make bilingual education a right.”House Bill 763 is identical to Senate Bill 558,...