Tag: multilingualism

Conversations with Experts in Multilingualism

Aida Walqui, the director of WestEd's Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) initiative will lead a dozen conversations over six weeks with renowned linguists and experts from around the world that will highlight scholarly perspectives on the education of English Learners across a wide variety of settings. The hour-long discussions, starting Tuesday, July 14,...

From Monolingualism to Multilingualism: Breaking Down the Wall One Essential Shift at a Time

DAN ALPERT: What are the most important academic, cognitive, and cultural benefits of multilingualism? IVANNIA SOTO: There are so many benefits associated with multilingualism. Cognitively, multilingual proficiency strengthens how the brain functions. For example, bilingualism requires increased cognitive flexibility and better problem-solving skills (Californians Together, 2017). If we look...

Apr. 23 is #EnglishLanguageDay

Every year on April 23, the United Nations (UN) leads the world in celebrating English Language Day. The result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Global Communications, English Language Day is observed on April 23 because the date has long been recognized as William Shakespeare's birthday and the day of...

America’s Bilingual Roots

Dominika Baran reminds us of the history and value of America’s multilingual past   Every September, or August in some cases, teachers welcome into their classrooms students whose first language is not English. Some of these may be immigrant or refugee children who have just arrived in the U.S. and know not a single English word. Others may have grown up...

Spanish Election Optimistic for Multilingualism

Nehemías Giménez García sees a boost for multilingualism in a multi-party government. On Sunday, December 20th, the Spanish democratic system won. The general election results, boasting 73.2% voter participation, virtually abolished the two-party political system. One challenge that lies ahead of the new multi-party democracy is to develop policies rooted in alliances and agreements to facilitate the next 4-year legislature. Nevertheless,...

Students Protest Multilingual Instruction in South Africa

Student protests disrupted classes and led to the cancellation of a career fair at Stellenbosch University in Western Cape, South Africa over a school-wide language policy that gives Afrikaans and English equal status as languages of teaching and learning. The university, a public research institution ranked in the top three of South Africa’s colleges, traditionally taught white students using Afrikaans...

Foreign Language Requirements Lead to Multilingualism

Comparative study of U.S. and Europe shows correlation between language requirements and multilingualism A 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...

Duncan Recognizes Need for Multilingualism

U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and Libia S. Gil, assistant deputy secretary of the Office of English Language Acquisition in the Department of Education, wrote an OpEd for Los Angeles' Daily News last week entitled "English Learners an Asset for Global, Multilingual Future." Although the article was short on actual policies designed to promote multilingualism (apart from a reference...

Love is … multilingualism

Yesterday, the European Commission celebrated the annual European Day of Languages (EDL) by encouraging Europeans to learn how to say “I like you” in 24 languages. International EDL speak-dating evenings for linguistically adventurous types were held in Germany’s cosmopolitan Berlin and the Czech Republic’s magnetic capital, Prague. There were also hundreds of other language-related events taking place across Europe, from a multilingual rap...
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