Everybody seems to have an opinion surrounding bilingualism or multilingualism. Does anybody really need convincing? Does anybody really have an excuse anymore? Would anybody really have an issue with any of the known benefits of knowing at the very least the basics of another language? We who have seen first handed all its benefits in … Continue reading 4 Simple Reasons For A Second Language
Here, at the Bilingual Reading Blog, we support and encourage bilingualism in all its possible combinations. It's not about the supremacy of one second language over another. It's about the opportunities for cognitive development and human interaction, which expand exponentially when you learn, practice and teach another language. Our mother tongue should only be the … Continue reading How About That Third Language?
Having someone to look up to, someone whose advice and example we can follow, someone we can talk to, who is willing to listen, who's walked in very similar shoes...that's one kind of positive relationship we all need in our lives. And being this person for someone else is one of the most valuable gift … Continue reading Why Become A Bilingual Mentor
It's Hope Week for World Read Aloud, and it got us thinking about hope as a key ingredient in the journey of our bilingual readers' community. Having hope is great resource in our path toward improving literacy as a whole. Having hope is great when it comes to motivating ourselves to expose our kids to … Continue reading When Hope Is Not Enough
World Read Aloud Day is around the corner. On February 16th readers around the world will be speaking up and sharing stories. What better way to connect as humans? what better way to pass on the experience of reading as something that goes beyond ourselves? We love reading quietly in a corner. We love our … Continue reading Why Read Aloud?
Tourist destinations make a great effort to connect with their visitors. One way they do this is by speaking the language of the newcomers, and offering their own, along with local information, historic facts and new or upcoming milestones. On a recent trip to Panama, we were met with new and interesting uses of the … Continue reading Unexpected Bilingual Discoveries
The world is witnessing a historic moment. The social fabric of America is being torn, top to bottom; by confusing messages, "alternative facts", toxic rhetoric, and everything in between. A country that many once held as a self-realized utopia is currently being pushed backwards, at a supersonic pace, stumbling on the same obstacles we thought … Continue reading Diversity as Part of The Bilingual Classroom
Traveling is a great opportunity to engage with a second language at every turn. I was reminded of this on a recent trip, when I read a very similar sign to the one below. Amid the rush of going through security check points, reaching your gate in time and finding comfort and peace of mind in … Continue reading Traveling as a Bilingual Opportunity
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 … Continue reading Who Is The Bilingual Teacher?
How to debunk for good the myth of a singular human experience? How do we show our kids their stories in print, their faces in technicolor? How do we make them relate and understand the stories of those who are far away? Simple. By embracing diversity in the stories we tell, the books we read … Continue reading The Myth of The Single Story