Bilingual is Better

Enjoying the first few days of summer? I sure hope so! We’ve had record-breaking temperatures in Denver and so we’re spending a lot of time by the pool. Here’s some of the reading on bilingualism I’ve been doing while lounging  :-D . Enjoy!

Experts: Undocumented students could fill bilingual teacher shortage from KVUE-Dallas — Fifteen percent of bilingual and ESL jobs go unfilled in North Texas schools. Many times administrator have to turn to Mexico to recruit teachers. But Obama’s new executive order regarding immigration can help change all that.

Is Bilingualism Still Relevant in Canada from The Globe and Mail — This thoroughly researched article looks at bilingualism and its role in Canada’s culture, education and the workplace. Interesting tidbit: Spanish and Mandarin classes have gained tremendous popularity there.

Raising Bilingual Children: Big Challenges, Big Rewards from The Pueblo Chieftain — I always like reading about how other parents are raising bilingual children. In this case it’s an American mom living in Tokyo with her Japanese husband and two girls.

Is This the Rebirth of a Bilingual LA? from KCET-Souther California — No hay caso, Spanish is everywhere in this country and it’s here to stay.

Vanishing languages from National Geographic — Did you know that a language dies every 14 days? I’d heard about the disappearance of languages across the world, but I didn’t know it was so prevalent. This article explores what happens when a language disappears.

Want to Prevent Aging? Learn a New Language from TIME magazine — Not only does being bilingual offset the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests that the mental exercise needed to speak more than one language can offset the effects of normal aging as well.

MamásLatinas: El Día E: ¡Únete a la celebración mundial del idioma español! — For the fourth year in a row the Institute Cervantes celebrates el Día E, la fiesta de todos los que hablamos español. You might remember we celebrated this last year with a group of blogueras who shared their favorite word in Spanish. I asked Vanessa and she shared what her favorite Spanish word was in this video.

Have any links I forgot to include? Please feel free to share. The more the merrier! ¡Gracias y buen fin de semana!

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