OK, so you are a bilingual teacher. But what does that mean? It might mean you teach English as a second language (ESL). It might mean you teach your native language to non-native speakers, or teach another language you know. It might mean you teach in a classroom that is bilingual at its core, or in a school that promotes dual language learning. It might mean you are an educator who tries to integrate another language to your class or to your interactions with your students, just because you know how valuable that can be.
The bilingual teacher is not one fixed definition. We are as diverse as the languages we speak. But there is a thread that runs through all of our hearts, an openness that was given to us by another language. Maybe we acquired that language at birth. Maybe it took years. Maybe we are still learning. But what we have, we want to give.
- Don’t let others define who you are.
- Don’t let close-mindedness rain on your bilingual parade and damp your enthusiasm.
- Spread the love of learning and the appreciation of culture.
- Spread the belief that languages are bridges that surmount ignorance and bigotry.
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