Teaching tips are exported

At the Bilingual Biliteracy Conference, teachers said one method that appears to help immigrant children adjust, as bilingual education fades away, is dual immersion instruction. Instead of being classified as remedial learners for speaking Spanish while they learn English, children in such programs are often admired for knowing two languages. ..

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Half of Europe already multilingual

If well presented statistics is your thing, here you can find numbers and charts galore on who speaks what language in Europe…

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Seattle adds another language immersion school

The word sprang from 3-year-old Isabelle as naturally as if she had said “playground” in English. “Spielplatz,” the chubby-cheeked girl said with a wide smile. It was her third day attending Seattle Area German American School (SAGA), and Isabelle was already beginning to pick up on some of the foreign words. Aside form the French and German private schools, a …

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Language Use and English-Speaking Ability in USA

In 2000, 18 percent of the total population aged 5 and over, or 47.0 million people, reported they spoke a language other than English at home. These figures were up from 14 percent (31.8 million) in 1990 and 11 percent (23.1 million) in 1980. The number of people who spoke a language other than English at home grew by 38 …

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Foreign Language Power

With the Internet, TV and inexpensive travel options bringing families from different countries together daily, many parents want to teach their child a second language. “Knowing a second language can only benefit my sons in the future. They might get a better job, get paid more, have more doors open to them, plus it will enhance their social opportunities,” says …

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Language immersion schools prepare students for global economy

Charlotte’s immersion program is on the cutting edge of foreign language education. According to a 2000 study, fewer than 5 percent of U.S. elementary school students receive foreign language instruction of any kind, let alone the full-immersion approach that leads to fluency. The CMS program has become a national model, studied by educators from the U.S. and abroad. The school …

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Young children absorb foreign vocabulary as part of everyday life

The world has gone global, and it might benefit children to speak that language. Words that were foreign a few years ago are now part of the everyday vernacular in homes, playgrounds and schools. One nursery school teacher asks her class “Capisce?” after she gives the children a series of directions. Her colleague asks, “Comprende?” It’s not a far-fetched idea …

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Preschools Becoming Multilingual Learning Hub

Susan Winchester knew that the foreign-language “classes” her toddler was taking were having an impact one day at the diaper-changing table. She asked Douglas in French, “What color is the sun? He looked up at me with a sparkle in his eye and said, ‘amarillo.’ And it wasn’t a mistake.” “Amarillo” is the Spanish word for yellow, and Douglas Zeller, …

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Music and Multiculturalism in the Middle East

Internationally acclaimed Rim Banna, a Palestinian singer born in Nazareth, has a multilingual and multicultural home: She talks with the children – a girl of 12 and 3-year-old twins – in Arabic, and Alexeienko talks with them in Russian. Rim almost lost her Hebrew during her years of studying in Moscow: “Somehow the Russian pushed it aside,” she says, “but …

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When Víctor started kindergarten he didn’t understand what the other children were saying

Six years later, Víctor, who is now 11, feels he can speak English as well as Spanish, his native tongue. “Now you have young persons graduating from high school who can speak both English and Spanish,” said Kimberly Newton, principal of Rio Altura. “Don’t you think that businesses want to tap into that? It’s incredible. That’s where business opportunities lie”…

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