Hola! Here’s this week´s round up of stuff we found online related to raising bilingual kids which might be of interest to you:
1. Teach your young child a foreign language — Parents.tv video highlighting early bilingualism. Watch and learn about foreign language classes for little ones, bilingual caretakers, and language learning DVDs. I absolutely loved watching this video. Not only are the kids adorable, but the info just reinforces a lot of the stuff we already know in a fun way. Thanks to our fellow blogger Diane over at Foreign Language Fun for sharing with all of us.
2. Bilingual Hispanics live with ease in both worlds — Mixing languages does not complicate the lives of United States Hispanics who are living with ease in both worlds – one that is in English and the other that is in Spanish, concludes the report. I read this and was really surprised with some of the results.
3. A dialect of confidence: Middle school offers advanced placement curriculum to its Spanish speakers — San Diego’s Lemon Grove Middle School Principal Ambler Moss said he started the class to give native Spanish speakers a chance to succeed in an academically demanding course where their fluency is an advantage. Their first language is often seen as a barrier to learning in a predominantly English school environment, Moss said. He wants to change that. Really great idea. Sometimes it’s just better to try to turn things around and see their positive side.
4. School debuts language web site — Online Spanish class for children filled void in learning opportunities. An article that describes how the website, Foreign Language Friends, was born and how it works.
5. The Minority Language at Home Bilingual Method Teaching Children to Speak Two Languages — Teaching Children to Speak Two Languages. Nothing new here, but just another source of information if you’re using the mL@H method.
6. Win a trip for two to Miami and have breakfast with a Latina star– Bisquick and Que Rica Vida magazine are inviting five lucky winners to celebrate el Día de las Madres in Miami with Despierta America star, Karla Martinez. Sounds like a great chance to get a much deserved break and meet some fun people. Go for it!
7. Finding qualified bilingual teachers. — This comes from Bilingual Talk, a blog for teachers, students, parents and researchers living in a multilingual world. This blog is written by Liza Sánchez, founder and Board Chair of Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) in Oakland, California–the first independent school in California to offer a Spanish-English dual language program, extending from pre-K through 8th grade. Liza recently accepted our invitation to be added to our list of experts and we couldn’t be happier to have an educator and the founder of a bilingual school! In fact, she’ll be answering one of your questions next week, so please remember to send those here.