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America’s Bilingual Roots

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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 …
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Language immersion programs can boost learning for all students

Language immersion programs can boost learning for all students | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

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David Alzate's curator insight, August 3, 3:06 PM
Bilingualism is a gift for those who can achieve it. Today although there are different methods, applications, good teachers, and despite the students’ good efforts to comply with the in-class activities such as reading books, practicing speaking in occasional conversations ETC. It is apposite to say that the best way is to be immersed in the language, and today it is very easy to do that, there are many programs and agencies that can help with that. So, do not let any bar stops you, go on and expose yourself to the best way of learning a language.
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The US needs to embrace multilingual education — our children will benefit from it

The US needs to embrace multilingual education — our children will benefit from it | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it
Research shows that investing in education raises educational attainment and earnings, and reduces the likelihood of both poverty and incarceration in adulthood.
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Learning languages in a digital world | My View | santafenewmexican.com

Learning languages in a digital world | My View | santafenewmexican.com | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it
As one who has worked in bilingual education for almost two decades, the question I am always asked is, “When is the best time to become bilingual?” The answer: The
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Bilingual preschoolers have better impulse control, study finds

Bilingual preschoolers have better impulse control, study finds | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it
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Learning two languages does not limit academic potential for Head Start students

Learning two languages does not limit academic potential for Head Start students | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by Phys.org,  November 8, 2017

 

Not all dual-language learners are at risk academically, but as a group, these students are often labeled as such, despite differences in their English skills.

 

A new Iowa State University study examined how variation in dual language status among Head Start students related to development in cognitive and academic areas. The research team led by Ji-Young Choi, an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies, found dual-language learners (DLLs) had significant growth, eventually outperforming students who only spoke English, once DLLs gained basic English proficiency. The results are published in the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-11-languages-limit-academic-potential-students.html#jCp

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Early Bilingualism Helps With Learning Languages Later in Life, Study Shows

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Published by Education Week, October 2, 2017

 

New research finds a distinct language-learning benefit for people who grew up bilingual or learn another language at an early age.

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Immigrant groups seek new language-immersion programs in diverse Osseo schools

Immigrant groups seek new language-immersion programs in diverse Osseo schools | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by the Minnpost.com, August 21, 2017

 

As immigrant communities continue to grow across the state — and as awareness of the need for more globally minded, multilingual employees in the local economy expands — more and more districts are looking to establish immersion programs.

 

Research has long shown the benefits of language immersion on student learning.  But for some immigrant advocates, it’s increasingly become a matter of equity. Offering immigrant students an immersion experience — as opposed to a stand-alone elective language class — sends the message that schools truly see the value of their native language, some advocates say.

In the Osseo Area Schools district, for example, parents are gearing up to advocate this fall for the adoption of a handful of dual language programs. Reflective of student demographics, that wish list will likely include languages that aren’t typically taught in school immersion programs, like Somali, Hmong and Vietnamese.

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Report: Want the job? Be able to say so in more than one language

Report: Want the job? Be able to say so in more than one language | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by NBC News Latino, March 13, 2017

 

Those looking for a job may want to emphasize their language skills. In the last five years,the demand for employees in the United States who know more than one language has more than doubled, according to a report recently released by the New American Economy.

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Why a hospital is taking farm workers out of the field and training them as medical interpreters

Why a hospital is taking farm workers out of the field and training them as medical interpreters | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by PRI, November 9, 2016

 

When you don't speak English, going to the hospital in the US, can be a frightening experience. This was the case for many Mexican farm workers living and working in the Salinas Valley who neither spoke English nor Spanish. Natividad Hospital in Salinas found that four of the most popular languages spoken in the hospital were Native Mexican languages. So, the hospital piloted a program to train indigenous language speakers to become medical interpreters.

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Research highlights variety of bilingual ed benefits

Research highlights variety of bilingual ed benefits | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by ED Dive, November 29, 2016

 

Over the last 20 years, a rash of studies on bilingualism have revealed the many ways speaking two languages can change the brain, improving attention, empathy, reading skills and more.

 

NPR reports people who are bilingual can focus on one task for longer and switch tasks more easily, they get more practice responding to social cues, they are better at reading, and those who actively use two languages seem to be protected from age-related dementia.

 

Dual language programs, specifically, have been identified as a best practice for teaching English learners and researchers point out two-way dual language programs, where students of different language backgrounds learn together, reduces segregation.

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Perryman: Texas gains from bilingualism - Longview News-Journal

Perryman: Texas gains from bilingualism - Longview News-Journal | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by the Longview News-Journal, October 29, 2016

 

The state has a lot to gain from bilingualism if we can properly foster these skills in our youth. We need to continue to strengthen English skills in schools, but also look for ways to continue native/foreign language development for children, whether that is through bilingual education programs or greater resources and encouragement for parents to foster the acquisition of the language at home. Strengthening foreign language programs in public schools can also encourage English-speaking students to master a second language. There is an abundance of cultural richness that is lost in an English-only approach, but by encouraging bilingualism, we can better enable the next generation to cement Texas' place in the global economy.

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Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains

Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by KQED, August 29, 2016

 

Prior to the 1960s, scientists thought children who spoke more than one language had a handicap for learning because they had to spend too much time distinguishing between languages. With more modern brain imaging technology, researchers can now see how multilingualism actually strengthens the brain. People who speak more than one language have a higher density of gray matter that contains most of the brains neurons and synapses.

Scientists are also beginning to distinguish between young children who grow up learning and speaking two languages as compared to those who learn a second language in adulthood. Children use both hemispheres of the brain to acquire language, which means they often grasp the emotional implications of language more deeply. In contrast, adults who learned a second language tend to approach problems presented to them in that language in a more rational, detached way. Scientists hypothesize that it’s because adults often acquire language through the left hemisphere of the brain.

Learn more about the fascinating brain research around multilingualism from this TED-Ed video and the accompanying lesson plans. Many classrooms are filled with students who speak more than one language and they should know that ability is a great strength.


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Multilingual learners doing better in US schools than previously thought

Multilingual learners doing better in US schools than previously thought | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Karen D. Thompson, Oregon State University and Michael J Kieffer, New York University (THE CONVERSATION) Between 2003 to 2015, multilingual students showed two to three times more…
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Latinos Who Never Learn Spanish May Struggle With Identity : Code Switch : NPR

Latinos Who Never Learn Spanish May Struggle With Identity : Code Switch : NPR | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it
Each year, a smaller proportion of Latinos in the United States speaks Spanish. But for many, the language is still a fundamental marker of their identity.
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The Benefits of Bilingualism Highlighted at 6th Dual Language Immersion Summit

The Benefits of Bilingualism Highlighted at 6th Dual Language Immersion Summit | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it
As almost 20 percent of Madison Metropolitan School District’s students are Latino and 27 percent are English Language Learners, the interest and the need for dual-language immersion (DLI) education has been growing and will only continue to grow in Madison. With that in mind, Nuestro Mundo, Inc., the Latino Education Council, and Centro Hispano co-sponsored
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Growing International Community Mean More Demand For Interpreters

Growing International Community Mean More Demand For Interpreters | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it
One area that’s growing is medical interpretation.
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Early Bilingualism Helps With Learning Languages Later in Life, Study Shows

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New research finds a distinct language-learning benefit for people who grew up bilingual or learn another language at an early age.
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Valeria Rodríguez Castro's curator insight, September 4, 8:41 PM
This article talks about the advantages that bilingual people have in terms of the easiness to learn new languages. The reported study shows that people who learn another language different from their native one at an early age are able to acquire a new language quicker and easier later in life, even if it differs structurally from the ones learned before. It was also shown that bilingual participants learning a new language had a brain-wave pattern typically found when native speakers process their language in the first day of exposure to the language in contrast to monolingual participants who started showing this pattern by the last day of training. Thus, it is demonstrated one more time the benefits of being bilingual; this time, by realizing that bilingualism not only opens new doors, but eases the learning of a new language.
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6 signs learning a second language enhances student success

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Published by EducationDive, October 13, 2017

Having the ability to speak a second language helps recent graduates stand out in the job applicant pool — a reality that K12 and higher education institutions can tap into for improving student ROI. Education Dive points out 6 promising signs that investing in second language programs will have many ancillary benefits. 

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The benefits of a bilingual education

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Published by the Journal Times, August 22, 2017

 

Dual Language programs have proven to be an effective approach. Research studies indicate that the achievement of proficiency in a second language associated with Dual Language instruction provides the following benefits for students:

Enhanced levels of metalinguistic awareness (i.e., knowledge of how language works), proven to be essential to learning how to read.

 

Improved performance versus monolingual students on tasks that call for divergent thinking, pattern recognition and problem-solving (1996, Collier Thomas Study)

 

Greater awareness and understanding of one’s native language

 

Ability to communicate with other ethnic and cultural groups

 

Greater understanding, tolerance, appreciation and respect for diverse languages and cultures

 

Ability to take advantage of global opportunities

 

Enhanced employment prospects beyond graduation

 

Designation of the State Seal of Biliteracy on high school diploma

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This educator sees ‘the power in being bilingual’ — and she wants her students to see it, too

This educator sees ‘the power in being bilingual’ — and she wants her students to see it, too | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by Chalkbeat, April28, 2017

 

Liset Gonzalez-Acosta is a the director of dual language at Global Prep Academy, an innovation school housed at IPS Riverside School 44.

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Portland dual language study linked to significant reading gains

Portland dual language study linked to significant reading gains | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by Education Dive, December 16, 2016

 

A study of Portland Public Schools’ dual language program by researchers at the RAND Corporation and the American Councils for International Education provides unusually compelling evidence in favor of the power of the model for all students.

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Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say - The Hechinger Report

Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say - The Hechinger Report | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by the Hechinger Report, November 23, 2016

 

In Ivonne Kendrick’s classroom at Houston Elementary School, 3-year-olds sit cross-legged in a circle, listening to their teacher sing about the fall season.


“Llega el otoño tras el verano,” they repeat after her in Spanish. One month into the school’s new dual-language program, their accents are unmistakably American. But they know how to ask for a “manzana,” or apple, at snack time and recognize that when Kendrick says “fila,” that’s their cue to form a line. The next day, the students will continue their lessons in English, alternating between the two languages throughout the week.

 

Houston is a low-performing school in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Its dual-language program is the first to be offered in the area east of the Anacostia River, home to the city’s two poorest wards. The school’s student body is almost entirely African-American.

This story also appeared in The Christian Science Monitor
With bilingualism linked to enhanced academic and social skills, educators say dual-language programs can be used to narrow the achievement gap and equip underserved students for a future in a competitive workforce. Houston is one of a growing number of schools targeting bilingual instruction to black children in low-income areas. Its Spanish-English program opened at the preschool level this school year.

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6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

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Published by NPR, November 29, 2016

 

Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.

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San Francisco’s Multilingual Schools Could Forge Path if California Measure Succeeds | San Francisco Public Press

San Francisco’s Multilingual Schools Could Forge Path if California Measure Succeeds | San Francisco Public Press | Benefits of Bilingualism | Scoop.it

Published by the San Francisco Public Press, October 28, 2016 

 

Wong and Umansky agree that the most important thing a district can do is treat the home languages of immigrant students as a strength, not a weakness.

“We have kids entering education systems with enormous assets,” Wong said. “But rather than cherish that asset, and strengthen it, and promote it, our schools devalue it, shame students for it, and take it away from them.”

To Umansky, that’s not just harmful to students.

“It’s harmful to our country. Bilingualism is beneficial for all of us — economically and politically,” she said. “We need to see bilingualism as a gem that we are protecting and cultivating.”


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